chair

Things will be much different this Christmas Eve

we will gather as family

but not all will be right

for there will be an empty chair.

Dad will not be with us

for he is no longer here

how can we do this

for there is an empty chair.

Will there be jokes at dinner

what about the surprises you always pulled

we may get our duct tape

but there is still an empty chair.

We know you are in Heaven

singing, dancing and free

but how do we live

for down here there is an empty chair.

Though the family has grown

and your seat may be taken

no one could fill it

for there will always be an empty chair.

Our hearts are heavy

the days seem dark

we long to see you

we hope that soon our chair will be empty too.