A meager pay for a day’s work

That’s all she’s ever seen

For dusting, sweeping, mopping up
For keeping their house clean.

A scrub brush and a vacuum
Her tools , tools of the trade
She dressed in white, her uniform
Their beds were always made.

She carried a small tote with her
Filled with old grey rags
She cleaned their toilets everyday
Placed trash inside a bag.

She organized their books and pens
Did dishes …. pots and spoons

She took care of everything
Then served them lunch …. at noon.

She rarely spoke , was seldom heard

Prepared their snack at three

Kept to herself as ordered to

Served cookies and hot tea.

At 5 pm, she headed home
She lived all by herself
No one gave a second thought

Or thanked her for her help.

Christmas Day …. she made their dinner

Not a word spoken or mentioned

She spent the day all by herself

Spent Christmas

in the kitchen.

Never thought that she might want

To sit for just awhile


Stop and rest, take a break

Put down that kitchen towel.

No presents , cards or wishes

No holiday drinks or cheer
No kind words or offerings

They made this very clear.

There’d be no Christmas bonus

No tips or extra fare

Nothing was done to convey

Or show how much they cared.


Reblogged from lovenlosses. 12/15/2017.


Image from Google Images: mipowertechnology.com

Author: Patty Richardson

Writer: Film scripts, poetry, short stories.

6 thoughts on “A CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY”

  1. A very sad thought that people doing the most menial jobs should be forgotten. I hope that’s not too much the case. Here in the UK with the Corona Virus we have recently had a shout out on social media to the cleaners and basic carers on low wages, without whom the surgeons, doctors and nurses really would be totally ineffective. They deserved to be remembered by everyone and especially at Christmas. Have a good Christmas season yourself.

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  2. This is saddening, yet true… Once more I marvel at your gift of poetry, dear Patty, how you deliver harsh truths in the loveliest rhyme, that stays long after one has read…
    Merry Christmas, dear friend!

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  3. Always great to hear from you, Isha! Hope you are well. Thank you for your kind words. Had a calm and peaceful Christmas. Hope that you had a wonderful holiday! Still sheltering in …. s/p Covid outbreak. It’s unusually cold here in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Missing New York! Hope you have a Happy New Year! Best Wishes for 2021!
    Prayers for peace and good health. Sending you a virtual hug! 💙


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