A meager salary
Is all she received
For dusting …. for scrubbing
And keeping things clean.

A scrub brush …. a vacuum
Her tools of the trade
She dressed all in white
They called her ….  “The Maid”.

She carried a tote bag
Filled with old rags
She cleaned out their toilets
Their closets and bags.

She organized books …. pencils and pens
She scrubbed the floors  and the walls in the den
She did all the dishes …. the pots and the spoons
Prepared lunch for two …. everyday before noon.

Croissants and crumpets ….. two cups of tea
She served them their snack …. precisely at three.
She rarely spoke and was never heard
She kept to herself ….  never uttered a word.

At the end of the day ….  she headed for home
She lived by herself ….  she was always alone.
With Christmas approaching ….  she baked everyday
Wrapped all of their presents …. for their holiday.

No presents, no bonus….nothing for her
The Mrs. too busy…trying on her new fur
No kind words or gestures… no compliments
No chocolates, no cookies, not one peppermint.

On Christmas Day ….  she served them smoked turkey
Stuffing ….  green beans …. potatoes and gravy
While they opened their gifts  …. she cleaned up the kitchen
No one thought of her ….  not once was she mentioned.

Maybe she might ….  want to sit for awhile
Stop what she’s doing …. before cleaning the tiles
Share just a bit of holiday cheer
With the people she cared for… each day through the year.

but, no Christmas cheer …. no Christmas blessings
Just more of the same ….  she cleaned up their messes.
No Christmas bonus ….  no extra fare
Nothing was done ….  to show that they cared.


A CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY …reblog 12/15/17

Images from Google Images: mipowertechnology.com

Contact author: richardsonpj2@gmail.com

Author: Patty Richardson

Writer: Film scripts, poetry, short stories.

17 thoughts on “A CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY”

  1. I am SO glad that you posted this. A different perspective, and one that speaks reams. There are many people like this around at Christmas, that we never get to know about. I loved this. Thankyou Patty. This made my day x

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    1. Thank you for appreciating my poem. Yes, there are many people less fortunate…. who are taken for granted and / or ….even ignored. People lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you for your comments. They’re greatly appreciated!
      Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays!
      💙 ☃️💙☃️💙☃️💙☃️💙

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    1. Yes, it’s sad to think that there are people, who
      are so mistreated and neglected, especially at the holidays. Hope you are doing well. Thank you for your comments. They are greatly appreciated!!!! 💙


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