The Stress of Christmas Wrapping by Calum Maclean

wrapping paper

Christmas 2018

I’m wrapping your present with delicate care,
While sweating and shaking with tape in my hair.
I wish I could do it with style and aplomb,
Instead it’s much more like defusing a bomb.

The paper’s dishevelled, all battered and creased,
Though the cartoons of Reindeer are festive at least.
There might be some rips, one or two, maybe more,
But the corners are covered, well, three out of four.

That’s it. Now I’m finished, a god among men.
Wide awake 4 am, have to start it again.
And now here we are, laying gifts by the tree;
That’s yours in the tinfoil, and yes it’s from me.

By Calum Maclean 

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