The Christmas Card

I gave a card to my old friend.
‘Merry Christmas’, I said.
‘This is for me? Oh! Thank you.’
He opened it and read
‘Arnold – Happy Christmas –
Love from Rob and Lyn.’
He showed it to a lady
Waiting nearby, frail and thin.
He read the card again to her,
Inordinately pleased.
She said ‘Well that is very nice
But I’m waiting to go to the clinic’
Arnold read the card again,
Aloud, then, puzzled, asked
‘This Arnold – Happy Christmas?
Arnold? Is that you?’
I told him ‘You are Arnold.’
He nodded. ‘Quite correct.’
We went together into the
Residents’ Sitting Room
And sang carols loudly and lustily
For all the slumbering ladies…

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