What’s the best gift to be given?
Not money, shoes, or clothes –
(Except for those with few of those.)
Not boats or cars, maybe a star?
Not gadgets, nor widgets,
Nor books, nor cosmetic looks,
Not TVs or DVDs –
Though they do entertain.
The gifts so needed
(Repeat as needed)
Are loving looks, and kind replies,
And holding tongues that want to curse
Or say the worst.
Not criticism, cynicism,
Ingratitude, nor attitude.
Just humbly listening
When you’ve heard that story 100 times.
Do I have to be first?
I must go to the end of the line.