Christmas Poems: "The Kids and Their Kids are Coming" by Ronald Milburn
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The Kids and Their Kids are Coming

Our kids and their kids are coming,
home for the  holiday.
And soon we’ll all be chumming,
watching the children play.

Our kids and their kids are slumming
on beds, couches, and floors.
The crowd is straining the plumbing.
Please! Stop slamming the doors.

At mealtime, the baby is gumming.
Grandma’s doing the same.
The mashed potatoes are coming.
Billy! Put down that game.

Later, the guitar she is strumming,
Ah! She rests for a while.
But then, her brother starts drumming,
Through gritted teeth, I smile.

Who knew toys could make such a noise?
Am I just getting old?
Is this normal for girls and boys?
Yes, is what I am told.

The kids and their kids are leaving
after the holiday.
The wife and I are a grieving
watching them on their way.

After goodbye-ing and waving,
before they go a mile,
both of us are collapsing,
relaxing with a smile.

The mess can wait ‘til tomorrow.
The pots and pans will stay
in the sink without a sorrow.
Recovery, today.


Biography
Ronald Milburn: I'm a retired minister who resides in Clermont, Florida.
I've been married to Susan for forty-four years. We have four children
and nine grandchildren. Three of my short stories have been, or will be,
published in print anthologies this year.  One short story will be
published in the online magazine
Bookends Review. "The Kids and
Their Kids are Coming" is the first poem I've submitted for publication.

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Previously published in Angela Poetry Magazine:
"Song About Frank" by Lizzi Li.

Published January 26, 2019

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The Kids and Their Kids are Coming

by Ronald Milburn
(Clermont, Florida, USA)
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