A magic door was closing, another year almost done.
Roads traveled, bridges crossed, were now gone.
With the luminous beauty of Christmas still an afterglow.
Silently we reviewed the old year like a tableau
Silver bells were tolling for a new year about to begin.
Glasses were raised in a toast, ushering 2007 in.
When “Hail to the Chief” echoed across our great land
A mourning for a fallen leader was being planned.
In the Capitol Rotunda Gerald Ford in state was laid,
And we remembered the role that he had played.
Epiphany! When the Wise Men had returned to the East
We went shopping for an after-holiday sales feast.
Before long our throats were caught in an immense lump
As we viewed the prices at the gasoline pump.
There was no letup on gas prices the whole year long,
But we kept filling up, singing the high price song!
Ash Wednesday’s “Ashes to Ashes,” came and went.
We were now in the penitential Season of Lent.
Before Easter in April flowers had given quite a show!
To our surprise, we celebrated Easter in the snow.
In April it was not a “Rain Delay” for Cleveland Indians fans.
A “Snow Delay” had Jacob’s Field clearing the stands.
In May Postal rates went up as were released by the press.
Forty one cents is still cheaper than the Pony Express!
We’ve all heard the expression, “Once in a Blue Moon!”
We had one this year, with two full moons in June!
From flower and vegetable gardens under indigo blue skies,
July yielded her abundance, though very hot and dry.
Lady Bird Johnson gave America a big wildflower bouquet.
In July, at age 94, this lover of flowers passed away.
Too soon Summer yielded to Autumn’s golden days.
At Thanksgiving we paused to give thanks and praise.
Getting out the Christmas list, sadly death has taken its toll.
Our loss is heaven’s gain when God calls the roll.
A loved one’s name deleted marks how precious time has flown.
Friends, “Mr. & Mrs.,” are now “Mrs.” or “Mr.,” and alone.
Let your friends know you feel their loss and how much you care.
Send a card a little early with a special Christmas prayer.
Gaze upon the Christ Child’s face, let serenity enter your soul.
The peace of Christ in your heart keeps your spirit whole!
By Evelyn McCusker (Evenccw@aol.com)