Here’s to the Forgotten This Holiday Season.

Via on Dec 25, 2012

Source: via Lauren on Pinterest

Here’s to the lonely ones, to those who have no family,
And to the families who have lost loved ones . . .
I am toasting a blessing to you.

Here’s to the homeless and the forgotten poor,
I know we have not done well enough by you . . .
But we’ll try harder next year,
This I promise you with full heart and breadth.

Here’s to the kids who feel the pain of youth,
Who are depressed and suicidal . . .
We adults have failed you so,
And we know there’s a lot of work to be done.

Here’s to the veterans who are broken and cry,
I mourn your lost spirit, your loss of innocence . . .
There are no words to express our gratitude
You are our heroes . . . our strong-soldiered souls.

Here’s to the addicted, the tired and the ragged,
Who feel they have nothing left . . .
Tomorrow is another day,
So just take this moment and know we love you.

Here’s to the too many who have murdered children,
A surreal and unfathomable nightmare . . .
We as mothers and fathers,
And sisters and brothers,
And grandparents . . .
We understand and our hearts are broken for you.

Here’s to the lost and forlorn,
Who feel their spouses or lovers or best friends . . .
No longer love them.
I have been there and I make a toast to you,
Brother and sister and friend.

Here’s to the hard working who cannot get ahead,
Who can’t pay for medicine, who can’t buy bread,
It’s a tough road and we know you ain’t’ lying . . .
Some of us get it,
We get it all too well.

To all of those on this special time of year,
Who sit lonely and without present to give or receive . . .

Just know that your presence—
Is invaluable, special and unique
And that you matter . . .

Not just because it is Christmas,

Not just because it is the New Year . . .

But because you are you.


Ed: Brianna B.


                                                        Like elephant journal on Facebook.

Join: Elephant’s Summer 2015 Academy: a Certificate Apprenticeship in Social Media, Journalism Ethics & Editing.

Facebook is in talks with major corporate media about pulling their content into FB, leaving other sites to wither or pay up if we want to connect with you, our readers. Want to stay connected before the curtain drops?
Sign up for our curated, quality newsletters below.

Incorrect source, offensive, or found a typo? Email us (please put title in subject bar of email so we'll be able to fix). Or do you want to write for Elephant?
{Waylon H. Lewis C Enterprises 2015: Use Rights in perpetuity. Ownership remains with author.}

About Francesca Biller

Francesca Biller is an award-winning investigative journalist and has reported for print, radio and television for nearly twenty years. As a reporter, she has widely covered the issues of politics, the economy, women’s issues, families, race, the media, popular culture, children and a variety of other topical and timely issues. Awards include The Edward R. Murrow award, two Golden Mike awards and four Society of Professional Journalists First Place awards. Currently, she primarily writes political satire, op eds and essays with a focus on women, children, politics and pop culture for various blogs, websites and other media outlets. You can connect with Francesca on twitter @francescabiller and learn more about her at


4 Responses to “Here’s to the Forgotten This Holiday Season.”

  1. […] started a huge program involved with the homeless. I was working to get people off of welfare, and helping to create housing, jobs and child […]

  2. […] By most standards, Curtis Jackson has nothing. Homeless and destitute—he stands each day holding a small cardboard sign, asking for even the smallest bit of change from each passerby. I’m sure we’ve all […]

  3. […] By most standards, Curtis Jackson has nothing. Homeless and destitute, he stands each day holding a small cardboard sign, asking for even the smallest bit of change from each passerby. I’m sure we’ve all […]

  4. […] was to volunteer in a community center with a marginalized population as part of a practicum placement for my undergraduate degree. I approached a center for at-risk and […]

Leave a Reply