A large weight is shouldered by a weary frame.
Despite the holiday cheer, what most closely reflects a tax collector’s heart occupies this poor souls’ chest cavity.
Each thump keeps score, tally, a list that may or may not be checked twice.
A game of ping-pong, always an anticipated return.
As this gloomy, yet all too familiar, figure walks away your voice is absorbed by the wind.
“Remove your burden: receiving graciously is a gift.”
Celebrate this holiday season without the obligation of reciprocation.
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