Open Link Night ~ December 2014 – The Night Before


It was the night before the night before,

Around the house there was movement a plenty

For the year had drawn to a tired old end

We sat back and reflected, fine wine in our hand.


The children had long gone off to bed

Promises and threats of Christmas flavour

Well-behaved children were granted favour

Naughty children ignored and forgotten.


Christmas fear and Christmas cheer

Hand in hand they walk in the night.

We toasted the year, glad to see the end

This moment of quiet before the mornings din.


The night before and all is a rush

Gifts to find and bags to be filled

Santa’s great joke a bike in a box

Put together, two orphan screws on the floor.


In bed we go over the next days plan

An early start, children in our bed,

So much joy to look forward to.

We kiss and cuddle and say good night.


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21 Responses to Open Link Night ~ December 2014 – The Night Before

  1. Ha, I can see that gift might be a painful one. Yet Christmas is such a great time to start anew.

  2. claudia says:

    oha – left over screws always make me feel a bit uneasy…who knows what would’ve been their job to hold together…wishing you a blessed christmas time..

    • Thank you Claudia, the left over screws is an issue you raise later on Christmas Day with a relative you know knows a lot about screws and where they should go. My best wishes to you at this time, have a good one.

  3. MarinaSofia says:

    What a cuddly joyous family moment – ah, the anticipation! Hope it lives up to it – have a very merry Christmas!

  4. Mary says:

    What a beautifully peaceful vision of Christmas, Michael. I like the idea of going to bed with the anticipation of the next day’s joy! Merry Christmas to you.

  5. Gabriella says:

    Great and realistic Christmas atmosphere in your poem! Sharing the joy is not always without pain. I am not a fan of anything that needs assembling. Happy Christmas, Michael!

  6. Grace says:

    So much joy to look forward to ~ Enjoyed this one Michael ~ Wishing you Merry Christmas and joyful new year ~

  7. Lyn says:

    That was wonderful, Michael, and oh how it brought back thoughts of Christmas past. The Christmas I received my bike is etched in my memory (I was ten). It’s as clear as if it were yesterday. If I close my eyes, I can still see it leaning against the old wooden china cabinet – one of those really old brown ones with the little door on the left hand side where you kept the bread. The bike was blue and silver and oh so shiny – a Speedwell – I can still hear my voice rising to a squeak as I shook my Aunt awake (4:00am) and said, “I gotta bike, I gotta bike.”

  8. Two orphan screws and a bicycle with two holes unfilled but when the spirit is bright Christmas can fill the wholes of any bike and heart to full deLIGHT!..:)

  9. Ahh the joys, the excitement. Screws loose or left over a tad disconcerting. Like when pop bought my BBQ and assembled it, 2 bolts were left over, when questioned Pop just said, no it will be alright, shaking still is holding some years later.

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