Batteries Not Included // To Those Who Can’t Go Home for Christmas
These two poems may sound familiar at first but they may surprise you in what they are actually about. These are for the days when you’re missing home.
Batteries Not Included Batteries not included Means another trip to the store Means more polluting the earth with your car Means another dollar spent and another Small chat with the cashier. Batteries not included Means another reason to see the sun Means getting up and getting dressed Means another tip given to a stranger and another Smiling face to greet. Batteries not included Means figuring out how to install them Means digging a screwdriver out from the garage Means wasting an hour searching through boxes and another Hour putting them all back. Batteries not included Means calling your dad for help for the first time in years Means asking him how he’s doing Means hearing about what you’ve missed and finding another Reason to go home again. To Those Who Can’t Go Home for Christmas The kitchen might not smell as warm, The table might not look as full, The fireplace might not burn all night, The door might not open all day, But, The food will still be good and warm, The cookie tin will still be full, The snow will still fall all night, The calls will still come in all day.
These two poems were inspired by Maggie Smith’s “Poem Beginning With a Retweet,” which starts with a popular phrase as inspiration. We brainstormed different common sayings like “Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear.” Both poems ended up focusing on viewing life optimistically and end on a positive tone. There is also a strong theme of missing home and family.
Krisna Kumar is a high school junior who loves to write short stories and poems. She also enjoys journalism writing and is on her school debate team. In her free time, you can find her reading, baking, or spending time with her dog!