when adverts appeared in the shops.
I saw no Christmas in Lapland
with the snow and the ice in retreat.
I saw no Christmas in the White House
where goodwill to all is fake news.
I saw no Christmas in the ocean
where three ships sailed by made of plastic.
I saw no Christmas in Yemen
where innocents are slain by a king.
I saw no Christmas in Bethlehem
where the star that means peace slowly dies.
I feared I would see no Christmas at all
till it shone in my granddaughters' eyes.
© Charlie Lambert
Charlie Lambert is a former journalist and sports broadcaster who turned to a different form of media in 2016 when he started writing poetry. He lives in Liverpool.