holidays, consumed

β€œNo one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
― Charles Dickens

happy holidays

not to the man sheltered under the blue umbrella

not to the woman cocooned in her sleeping bag

clutching all their possessions, grasping life by a thread

happy holidays

to the discounts and red tags

to the extravagant presents

that find a home in the trash bin next year

happy holidays

not to the human clawing through the rejected remains

not to the hunched soul punched by the money-gobbling streets

not to the cold skins wrapped around lukewarm blood

happy holidays

to the cold mannequins

dressed in immense warmth

staring down

at the defeated human underneath the shop window

selling confidence

to the us

in horse blinds

maybe we can’t change the word

in a Christmas miracle

but perhaps

carve a smile

in a broken heart

where did love go

oh, love, where did you go?

what is your favorite magical holiday tradition that cherishes love and compassion?

14 Responses

  1. Christmas has got to be the most bipolar holiday of all: generosity mixed with the utmost greed and callousness.

    Also, this is a great poem. I love how it has enough metaphor to be interesting, but not enough to be hard to understand. The structure of the lines and stanzas is also ‘just right,’ as that crazy lady who talks to bears would say.

  2. Brilliant…mannequins are dressed better than humans. Love is still here…right? The man with the calendar begging us to consider time and each other’s value. Pretty sure we hear love, but choose self.

      1. I just found this reply and I thought… I know what you mean when you say we have to let go of self—and I know what I mean when I say we choose self instead of love—but I wonder… Is there really a dichotomy between love and self? I’m not sure if that is a true contrast. Possibly our “self” is love. And the choices we make have to do with what we choose to love (including negations) rather than forsaking love. When I say “we choose self” I think I mean we choose to love our self rather than loving others. And when you say “let go of the self”, might you be suggesting that we redirect our love away from self and toward others. I think love is always here. I know..way over-analyzed. πŸ™‚ But like I said. I just saw your reply.

        1. I sometimes find myself avoiding showing love to myself in fear of embarking on narcissism! It’s a complex matter. I guess by “self” I meant the “ego”, of the thoughts and the ideas that are generated by the past. If that makes sense (?)

  3. Precisely how I feel about Christmas. I don’t celebrate any holidays. Values have become distorted by commercialism and almost all original meaning has been lost. I hate Christmas above all else.

    1. Agreed, although I still like Christmas, I don’t buy gifts, I make tiny reminders for my loved ones. Still saddened by the greed that this holiday extorts people with…

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