‘Tis the Season

This holiday poem written by Alexis Rose, a trauma survivor and memoirist who also blogs about PTSD, is a beautiful expression of the powerful and conflicting emotions I have about this season. As a Christian, I love the Christmas season. As a survivor of extreme trauma, some of the worst of which occurred during the month of December, I am also looking forward to the holidays being over.

Thank you, Alexis, for putting this conflict into words.


For many ’tis the season
places to go
things to do
friends and family

For many ’tis the season
loneliness painful memories
hunger, grief, and sadness

Breathe in joy, gratefulness, and thankfulness
breathe out compassion

Compassion for the many
who look at the calendar
and silently say Jan 2nd can not come soon enough

Joy for the many
who love everything about this season

Room to feel compassion, joy, and understanding
so the many, the few, and the silent
are seen, heard and understood

©Alexis Rose. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Thank you for reading my books: If I Could Tell You How It Feels, and Untangled, A Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph    

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