Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Is It Too Soon?

photo © Mark Butkus 2010

Is it too soon
on the first of December
to light the house in red and green
with Thanksgiving turkey
still filling the fridge?

Is it too soon
on the first of December
to bring out our Christmas CDs
when you can feel the warmth of the sun
through the windows?

Is it too soon
on the first of December
to mail Christmas cards
that won't arrive too early?
But what if it snows?

Is it too soon
on the first of December
to pick up a box of candy canes
not for trimming the tree or the mantle
but for the taste and the memories?

Is it too soon
on the first of December
to set out the manger for Jesus
when the world's not quite
what we want it to be?

Is it too soon
on the first of December
to have this feeling in your heart
that puts a smile upon your face?
No, it is never too soon for that.
It is never too soon for that.


— Mark Butkus