POETRY: Christmas Laughter by Nikki Giovanni

Christmas Laughter by Nikki Giovanni

My family is very small
Eleven of us
There are over 80
There are over 60
There are over 50
Two of us are sons

Come Labor Day the quilts
are taken from the clean white sheets
in which they summered

We seldom have reason
and need no excuse
to polish the good silver
wash the tall stemmed glasses
and invite one another
into our homes

We win at Bid Whist
and lose at Canasta
and eat the lightest miniature Parker House rolls
and the world’s best
five cheese macaroni and cheese
I grill the meat
Mommy boils the beans

Come first snow the apple cider
with nutmeg…cloves…cinnamon…
and just a hint of ginger
brews every game day and night

We have no problem
luring Santa Claus
down
our chimney

He can’t resist
The laughter

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