always the same number of chairs (for all those in admin and all those who have supported me in 2017)

while the decorations were deciding

whether or not to stay pinned up

while the Christmas tree was deciding

whether or not to stand up straight

while the fairy lights were deciding

whether or not to stay on

while the kids were argumentatively deciding 

whether or not to be pleased with the naff  presents

While the snow was deciding 

whether or not to fall

While my hastily consumed gin and tonics were deciding

whether or not to get me as pissed as quick as I wanted to be

While  Father Christmas was deciding

whether or not it was worth coming back again next year if Trumpy and Pyongy get the gloves on

While our old knackered oven was deciding 

whether or not it could cope with a mammoth turkey


I was remembering


those whose empty seats

around the festive table were as usual

occupied by their beloved ghosts

that was

while I was having no need to decide

whether or not to set a place for each one.         

◄ while bar propping

Mister Twister ►


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Rose Casserley

Wed 20th Dec 2017 20:42

cheers P&S/K.J./Fred.


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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Tue 19th Dec 2017 22:37

we REALLY love this one Rose the way the humour works its way into a very moving conclusion.

P&S xx

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Rose Casserley

Mon 18th Dec 2017 22:25

too right you are Jems! fancy a natter in the ROOM?

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Jemima Jones

Mon 18th Dec 2017 22:22

Lovely moving piece Rose and if I'm included thank you.Jemima.

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Rose Casserley

Mon 18th Dec 2017 21:58

you admin guys really do a great job and that must never be forgotten so it's my pleasure to applaud your hard work in order to give so many people a lot of pleasure and a chance to air their personal views. Brilliant!

Ta lots and best Xmas wishes Graham Leon (most definitely included) Greg.

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Mon 18th Dec 2017 17:54

a humorous sad and wonderful mixture of family life past and present.I found the end very very moving Rose.And if I may be presumptuous in thinking that I am included in this dedication then thank you and may your yuletide be a great one

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Graham Sherwood

Mon 18th Dec 2017 13:40

Merry Christmas Rose!

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Rose Casserley

Sun 17th Dec 2017 22:08

thank's Rich all the best.

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