December

As a valued subscriber, you have access to a poem that didn't make the final cut for Deadly Grievances. A B-side, if you will. Enjoy, and may all your Christmases be full of good literature.


 

Bells and whistles and toys:

you know the story.

Delirious illusions;

the epitome of allegories.


Piano and lights and trees:

it’s all the same.

Down on my knees,

I pray to God


In distant sighs

of better times,

that it all ends.


Once, trees were green,

at least they did seem.

Now the nights are long.


I looked into the light.

With my soul on fire, I might

Just kill myself to look so neat.


I heard all the carols

Bethlehem, Hark! The Harold

So I never miss a beat.


What is it that I'm missing?


When all ornaments are hung

and from school we’re free

and all carols are sung

and me morphs into we

If there was no Christmas in December,

I don’t think I would remember

how no one was

ever there with me.


Ravishing: your simple gesture,

jealousy: too long to measure,

my feelings: just couldn’t compare.


Likenesses: come likewise,

a victim: of my own demise;

speaking out: I wouldn’t dare.


There’s so much to love on Christmas,

feelings I refuse to miss

but there’s no one to share it with.


Breached my state of grace;

one look at my face,

and I get dismissed.


Strings of power lines

are dancing in my eyes

as dreams and signs and sighs

just pass on by.


Whispering winds of watered marshes

flow in rows like marching armies

silent armies that don’t give warnings

much like cold in northern colonies.


When all ornaments are hung

and masses give their plea

and all carols are sung

and cards opened with glee

If there was no Christmas in December,

I don’t think I would remember

all the things

I didn’t see.


When all ornaments are hung

and the money gets spent

and all carols are sung

and all postcards get sent

If there was no Christmas in December,

I don’t think I would remember

That cold month of sorrow

ever again.

 

Artwork: Kristian Zenz

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