To Kick-start the Season of Thanksgiving: a Poem

During the holidays, 

Everything feels a little harder, 

A little darker, 

A little sadder. 

 

People ask me, 

"What are you doing for Thanksgiving?"

 

I say, 

"Nothing."

Because I have no family to go back to. 

The family I do have is scattered across the nation. 

 

But what I hate most are the pitying looks.

The

"Oh I'm sorry,"

"Oh that sucks,"

"Oh, how terrible for you."

 

But it is okay to feel empty, 

And okay to feel sad. 

But I try to smile, 

And say, "it's okay."

 

I try to find reasons to smile, 

Reasons to enjoy the holidays. 

I take the time to mourn the loss of family,

But then, 

I step outside into my new family. 

 

As we enter the holiday season, 

This is your reminder:

It is okay to be sad and remember what you have lost,

It is also okay to move forward and be happy with a new family.