I’ll Be Home for Christmas | A Poem

I’ll Be Home for Christmas | A Poem

Honorable Mention in the 2016 ‘Basket of Cheer’ Contest | Grade 10


He said that he’d be home,
But home is where he is not.
He called to say he’s coming,
But something caused a stop.

The Christmas tree was ready
The songs were being sung,
The table was set with candles
And the stockings were all hung.

And, when the doorbell rang,
The house went up in joy,
But the ringer was not who they expected,
The ringer was not their boy.

The man told his sincere apologies:
“…Especially on a night like this,”
But, their son was dead from an accident,
And “…All we found was this,”

He held out a stack of envelopes,
tied up with a string.
The mother and the father read,
As the young ones ceased to sing.

Inside the very first note,
Were a few lines that wrote:

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas,
You Can Count On Me.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas,
If Only In My Dreams.”

About Emily McKinnon

My name is Emily McKinnon, I'm an average Catholic homeschooling girl who has traveled all around the world. Being in a retired Air Force family, I was able to tour Europe, and half of the world. I have lived in many different places, such as, Germany, Texas, South Carolina, and many other places. I now live in Colorado, which I love dearly, but if anyone were ever to ask: I am a Texan at heart! I am the eighth of ten kids, and I love baking, writing, reading, crocheting, painting, and everything Disney related!

16 Comments

  1. Giselle Faber

    Emi!! That was awesome!! *wipes away a tear* you go girl!!!:)

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Thank you, sis! <3 You're far too sweet! I'm so surprised that it even got an honorable mention. I was not expecting that, haha! XD :D

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      • Giselle Faber

        Not at all!! Honestly, it was great!! And you shouldn`t be surprised!!:)

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Are you sure about that? Still am. XD :P

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          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, I`m sure!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Okay fine. Maybe we should call a truce? XD :P

  2. Joey Barron

    Yay!! Way to go Emily! :)

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Thanks, Joey!!! You’re too kind, truly! ;) :P Didn’t think it would make it to publication, gotta be honest. Not one of my better poems. XD

      Reply
  3. Eleanor Fisher

    Oh wow, Emily! I agree with Giselle – this made me a little teary! Great job!

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Wow, thank you, Eleanor. You’re too kind! :)

      Reply
  4. Amanda Evans

    Love it Em!

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Thank you so much, Mandy!

      Reply
  5. Elodie Pierlot

    I love that poem so much, Em&M!!! :)))

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    • Elodie Pierlot

      It’s really emotional- I felt a pang of sadness and awe when I read it :)

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Oh. Am I being too depressing again, haha? ;) :P Thanks a ton, Elsie! You’re amazing! :)

        Reply
    • Emily McKinnon

      Awwww, thanks girlie!! You’re so sweet! <3

      Reply

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