A merry Zen Christmas

It’s the night after Christmas and all through the house

Not a creature is stirring, the lights have been doused

The gifts have been given, the books and the toys

The drum set was played, it’s not such a bad noise

The feast was prepared and eaten with relish

Tall tales were told, then retold and embellished

The children debated the fate of the planet

Who’s running the country, heroes or bandits?

Cattleman, vegan, teacher, cyclist

Photographer, writer, trainer, scientist

Ideas and opinions from portside and starboard,

All sides of the spectrum, they’re pretty straightforward

But reason prevails among sisters and brother

Aunts, uncles, cousins respect one another

Politics, religion discussed without fear

Freedom of speech is a right they hold dear

Then they got sleepy and all went to bed

I retired to my room to clear my head

Take stock of another holiday passed

How lucky to have them all here at last

If only for Christmas, if just once a year

It’s all that I need to dispel any fear

Though they’ve married, had children, and left the fold

They’ve all grown up while I’ve just grown old

Three generations again ‘neath the roof

I ponder the meaning of life without proof

That the truths and beliefs to which they all cling

Might be founded on fact and make their hearts sing

But nothing is perfect, nor should it be

A tree’s not a symbol, a tree’s just a tree

Good or evil, I’m long passed obsessing

The balance of Zen is my Christmas blessing.

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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