|Poems by Mollie Caird (1922-2000)
|A grouse in a pear tree|
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Ten more shopping days,Who must get the Christmas cards, the postage stamps, the holly boughs,
For stalwart Mum:
Who must buy the mistletoe, the baubles for the tree?
Who must choose and pack and post the presents for the relatives,
Be blamed if they're white elephants? - Who but she?
Eight more baking days,Who must try to housekeep in a rising tide of envelopes,
Back-breaking, mince-pie-making days,
Head-aching, icing-caking days
For struggling Mum:
Put silver coins in puddings, hide the parcels as they come?
Who must fill the stockings, tip the postman, stuff the turkey,
Dress Wise Men for the pageant? - Yes, who but Mum?
Six more buying days,'Peace on Earth' the angels sang, and carol singers tell us
Unquestionably trying days,
For suffering Mum:
That Christmas is the season when all strife and trouble cease;
Mum hears them too, and doesn't like to disbelieve the angels -
BUT WHEN ON EARTH DOES MOTHER GET HER LITTLE BIT OF PEACE?
Oxford Times, 13 December 1963
The Dancing Dust and other poems, 1983