It’s about the giving, really.
So that all those holy folk who moan
about the marketing and such can tend to miss
the deep, abiding truth that, for a month,
at least, and once in every year,
all sorts of people seek to find new,
and surprising ways to make other people smile,
ways to say, in varying degrees of warmth,
“I love you,” or at least, “I care,”
ways to call a temporary halt to grab-and-gain,
and set aside a time and place
for simple gratitude instead.
Given the way we spend the remainder
of our days and months, one might be excused
for calling this an honest-to-God miracle.