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         SILENT NIGHT

The past few months brought reminders

Fewer as the weeks went by

But now with the holidays

The strengthen and renew

For it is the first Christmas

Without my Mother

And the third without my Father

My children divert some feeling

Of loss

For Christmas is for them

As once it was for me

But so are grandmothers

And grandfathers

Now my children must grow up

Without all the joy the years

With grandparents should have held

It is more their loss I feel

With every Christmas present

And tree

And with especially every time

I hear "Silent Night"

                        mFm

              12©18©89

             12:30 P.M.

  By the Dr.'s office

Irving, TX