To you it’s just a spot to abandon your car

While you visit him and her.

After all, you’re home for the holidays

Full of good cheer.

You didn’t mean to be thoughtless, did you?

If you’d pulled up just a bit more

There would have been room for my car too,

Outside my own house

So I would not get soaked while lugging the shopping

For my family festivities.

Not that there will be many of course

What with the seriously ill parent in hospital

Who will still need visited, no matter what date it is

All the while waiting for the dreaded call

“You need to come now, things are worse…”

But you have it, it’s only a spot

When all is said – and done.