it's been so long now
since you've been here

hauling boxes
from dusty spaces
scratching heads
to match colors faded

This goes here...
or maybe there...
no, I think maybe
you were right before...

cookies crumble
as the tree takes shape
and we spread a sheet
in Linus hues
to hide the sorry state

sipping nog
we remember
giggling of the year before
of emergency trips
as we discover

things aren't the way
they were last year
something's missing
or maybe broken

shattered pieces
under things unused

perhaps this year
without you here
we'll dream in color
through the eyes of 6 and 2

but there's a part inside
that will always remember
and can't help wishing for blue

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