Like a string of Christmas lights
your life began with little cards and greetings.
Godparents, grandparents and neighbors
welcomed you into the world.
Holidays and birthdays,
added to the delicate string.
Propped on your nightstand
you enjoyed the funny sayings,
Blinking, bursting with joy.
You try remembering the old cards you wish you saved.
Nostalgic and dog-eared,
some worked as bookmarks
or were shoved into over-stuffed drawers.
Tearstained sympathy cards filed away in haste-
and congratulatory ones—
made you beam--once--long ago.
Vague recollections of Valentine cards
pledging eternal love--
Stacks of rubber-banded Christmas,
and those silly retirement cards
that had you hollering with laughter.
The lights are dimmer now--
they flicker and tremble--
reflecting on your glasses.
Get Well it says in cheerful,
Another one for
the worn-out string of fancy stationery—
your garland of a lifetime--
tied, knotted and hanging around
an ailing happy heart.