and seemingly cheap
harsh words were spoken
on the bright morning
the ladder was climbed
the bird did call
and in the yard
in the panic
the gift was seen
In this poem a person gets a gift that they don’t like that later proves to be important.
In the poem a person gives another person a smoke alarm as a Christmas present. The receiver of the gift thinks it is a bad gift. They see it as thoughtless and cheap. They say harsh words to the giver of the gift on Christmas morning (the bright morning).
After some time, reluctantly, the receiver of the gift installs the smoke alarm (the ladder was climbed).
During the following summer the smoke alarm goes off at night as the house the receiver is in catches on fire (the bird did call). They are awoken by the alarm and run out into their yard panicking. At that moment, as their house is burning but their life was saved, they see the value of the gift they were given (their life) (the gift was seen).