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Below is the poem entitled Countdown which was written by poet John Heck. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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On the 10th day of Christmas -
I didn't have a true love.
I burned my knee caps with cigarette butts.

On the 9th day of Christmas -
I reminisced about the death of John Lennon
and watched re-runs of Gunsmoke.

On the 8th day of Christmas -
I called my cell phone 8 times because I was lonely
and needed to hear a familiar voice.

On the 7th day of Christmas -
I fell asleep in St. Patrick's cathedral
and didn't drink from the baptismal font.

On the 6th day of Christmas -
My best friend passed away.
I saved his Bloomingdale's gift-receipt.

On the 5th day of Christmas -
I watched the movie: "It's A Wonderful Life."
I simultaneously laughed at my own.

On the 4th day of Christmas -
I woke up and opted to eat stale fruitcake
Shards of broken Christmas ornaments adorned my flesh.

On the 3rd day of Christmas -
Was the 3rd day of Christmas. 
I burned my Advent calendar while drowning in a scotch-bath.

On the 2nd day of Christmas -
I prayed for nonsensical, spiritual guidance.
No one, of any importance, heard me.

On the last day of Christmas -
I purchased myself a rifle.
I found it unnecessary to re-read the instructions.

Copyright © John Heck

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  1. Date: 2/28/2014 10:59:00 AM
    Absolutely brilliant. Thanks for making my day. I have found it pleasurable to always begin the weekend with Poetrysoup because poets like you and poems like this do not disappoint. Have a lovely weekend

  1. Date: 11/27/2012 5:48:00 PM
    Oie yoie, sounds nothing like the man I'd spoken to on the phone, John! When life could have been'd been boyant and positive. A tough row to hoe, but I'm SURE you'll make out just fine!:) Keep well, Mikki

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 4:06:00 AM
    Interesting take on X-Mas... Terry (I like it)

  1. Date: 8/20/2012 4:12:00 PM
    We need to find you that new Christmas spirit instead of this twisted version of the 10 days of Christmas. Kinda of depressing. love phyl

    Heck Avatar John Heck
    Date: 8/26/2012 8:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It's called art, Phyllis. Not everyone writes about lollipops, sunshine and daffodils. Have you ever read Anne Sexton, probably not, she's a Pulitzer Prize winning poetess...why not comment on her pennings? You know who she is, right?
  1. Date: 8/18/2012 1:02:00 AM
    OH BOY, what a Xmas poem, to be set to music methinks. This was quite fun to read, john. The twisted side of me really loves this kind of poem. YOu gotta put up more like these. And thanks for your kind words on the recent comment.

  1. Date: 7/7/2012 11:33:00 AM
    fal la la la la la la hey kiddo you still have the xmas spirit sry missed this one thought it was funny and I know you like me with that sense of humor to carry ya over the season least this year it made me lightheaded tho with not much snow just sow on dear one sow on enjoyed the read you always make this chick smile

  1. Date: 4/17/2012 4:34:00 AM
    Interesting poem, John, sad. I have family in town this week, and haven't had time to return your call, but I do like your poem. Love and hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 4/16/2012 5:23:00 PM
    John, this poem is depressing....yet, the cynical, jaded part of my personality enjoyed reading it! Where the heck have you been!? Great to see you posting on the Soup again. Hope life is treating you decently, and vice versa.

    Heck Avatar John Heck
    Date: 4/16/2012 5:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Chris. I haven't been writing that much. I've been doing alot of acting work. And BTW - I always write to shock the reader. My pennings are strictly from my warped imagination! LOL! I very glad you enjoy my twisted sense of humor? Wishing you all the best...and, yes you are one of my favorite poet's here on PS! Very talented! Write on, buddy!