Christmas Gift

February 17, 2009 at 2:04 pm (Kelowna Poems, Poems)

That December my mother buys brown wrap paper
from the post office. She neatly wraps the three bottle gift set
of English Leather for my grandfather and asks us to help
tie the parcel. My brother and I take turns placing our index
fingers over the knot while our mother ties the strings tight.
Kevin and I sign the Christmas card in pencil crayon,
watch Mom tuck our 3×5 school photos into the envelope.
Our mother unravels and cuts extra string to tie careful
double and triple knots. In February we bring home with us
the opened card with our pictures, and
the unopened box.


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