Secret Santa

In dark December, sink
into the memory of childhood
like a bog man into the peat.
Drink too much & sing.
Gather all your small griefs,
your long-bearded regrets
& grotesque humiliations,
dress them in red & set
them to hammering. This is
the season of fresh starts
& the slaughter of innocents.
Remember to cut air holes
in the top crust & don’t stint
on butter. Wear sensible boots.
Go out into the long night
& learn the names of the stars.

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  1. I love this, Dave. With extra lashings of butter, and stars, I might survive this one without too much hammering :P


  2. Another good one, Dave! At least we have butter here. Evidently Norway is clean out.


  3. Wonderful! You cannot have a Christmas poem without butter, and you’ve used it perfectly.


  4. Gosh, thanks, y’all! I’m trying to make a little video for this poem, too, in my abundant free time here.


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