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Old Friends at Christmas
Edwin Romond


We're long past racing downstairs
Christmas mornings breathless
for surprises under evergreen branches,
and our stockings now are the support kind
to hold things together south of our knees.
Michael Bublé may sing "White Christmas"
instead of Bing, and
may replace Woolworths on Black Fridays,
but we've moved on to richer gifts
of spouses and children, our own homes
glowing in holiday lights of December.
And over the now many miles of age
we still hold close the love of friends,
those we meet for coffee and conversation,
who check in with texts and morning emails,
those with whom our hearts have a history,
who make every day of every season
the most wonderful time of the year.

© by Edwin Romond.
Used with the author's permission.


Edwin Romond  is a poet, playwright, and composer. Now retired, he taught English for more than 30 years in Wisconsin and New Jersey. Edwin's award-winning work has appeared in numerous literary journals, college text books, and anthologies, and has been featured on National Public Radio. His newest collection, Man at the Railing, from NYQ Books, recently won the Laura Boss Narrative Poetry Award. A native of Woodbridge, New Jersey, Edwin now lives in Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, with his wife. Learn more about him at




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The important things live on. Beautiful Poem! ~ Doris Bezio...
Posted 12/27/2021 12:10 PM
This is so beautiful and so true
Posted 12/27/2021 07:05 AM
I miss Woolworth's! They always had *exactly* what I needed, when I needed it! "those with whom our hearts have a history" is such a wonderful line!
Posted 12/26/2021 05:00 PM
Shoshauna Shy:
This is a joy to read today, Edwin. Thank you, and thanks to Jayne!
Posted 12/25/2021 08:01 PM
What a great poem for the day!
Posted 12/25/2021 04:09 PM
Richer gifts, for sure! The last 3:lines ring true and we become more aware of this as we age, Thank you.
Posted 12/25/2021 01:00 PM
That was lovely& brought a tear to my eye, before I forwarded it to my oldest friends. Thank you for that gift & Merry Christmas!
Posted 12/25/2021 12:40 PM
Lori Levy:
Richer gifts. Yes!
Posted 12/25/2021 11:33 AM
Couldn't agree more, Ed!
Posted 12/25/2021 10:47 AM

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