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The Recession Killed Christmas

December is here: it's cold outside, but there is no Christmas spirit
A massive loss of jobs and homes is what it took to kill it.

The love and cheer of the season is something from years past
The rich have gotten richer, eliminating the middle class.

Streets are gray and gloomy with no shimmering, holiday decorations
There's no Salvation Army bells due to lack of monetary donations.

Black Friday was a flop though the stores won't report it
The Malls' attempts of seasonal cheer are feeble, lame and sorted.

Dollar Stores and Goodwill are where people are spending their money
If it wasn't such a tragic trend, it may be somewhat funny.

Job loss is the diet making mom and dad look thinner
Soup Kitchens are the rage providing Christmas dinner.

It's recession for the holidays, we need no Grinch to steal it
Poor spirit of Christmas, the economy done killed it.

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  1. Date: 1/4/2010 5:04:00 PM
    yes, it was tough this year, and I know alot of people were less fortunate than me.

  1. Date: 1/2/2010 10:52:00 AM
    A tragicomedy this one becuase some of the lines were truly funny. Loved the one about Dollar stores. I see SO many people in those places now!! Those high class stores just gotta learn their lesson from Walmart and get those prices WAY down! Where are you, may I ask? It is not quite this bleak as you describe in Utah. We see a lot of the Xmas spirit here and maybe half the houses are still decorated. Luv, andrea

  1. Date: 12/27/2009 4:33:00 PM
    going to my favs. John Henry Loving III

  1. Date: 12/27/2009 4:21:00 PM
    Kim you have some great rhyming here. to go a long with this sad unfortunate subject. i wanted to laugh but catching myself it was no laughing matter. it was for real; and i find my self looking for something cheerful to say. and not much there i can find except that you should remember the reason for the season and if you think about it long enough. you'll find some christmas cheer. love john

  1. Date: 12/8/2009 8:14:00 AM
    The Christmas season seems to bring out such brilliant poetry from all the poets here at PoetrySoup making you all ~~~Poet Extraordinaires~~~. I thank you for sharing your poetry with us all through the year Kimberly. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 7:55:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading your is very scary...Marty

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 7:15:00 PM
    Chilling message, but written cleverly with wit, Kimberly. And every line has a ring a truth. The Grinch can retire; Christmas has already been stolen from those who are homeless, hungry and unemployed. Send this to your Congressman and see if you get a response. It would be nice to know someone is listening in Washington, where deaf ears dwell. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 4:45:00 PM
    poetically presented! Kimberly!... just enjoyed a pot o' beans myself! (with Mom!) fits the budget! and healthy and delish! I always eat better when I'm poor! ...but, no worries! we have our poetry to help us through, with God's Blessings!... a good time to spread a smile! and share some canned goods with food shelves! it's ok, money is green, but slow to compost! jimmy

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 4:09:00 PM
    People are hurting in so many ways this year from job loss and other reasons. Great write on a very real topic this year. Keep the magical pen flowing. Sara

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 3:28:00 PM
    very good poem

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 3:27:00 PM
    Very well written poem,Kimberly and I agree that the commercial holidays of christmas may be suffering, but the good news is I think or at least hope that the Holy days of Christmas will still be observed by all who may care to do so. Real nice poem, Kimberly. Thanks for sharing it! -Robert

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 3:06:00 PM
    Kimberly, your sentiments are sooooo true. So many are suffering right now. My heart is full. It's all so unbelieveable. Still, trying to stay to the positive, perhaps something good can come from it. Maybe at the very least this will bring back the real meaning of the the christmas spirit. Hey no gifts, just the loving spirit of family and friends, I can handle that, smile. You got me thinking, which is always good sweety. Thanks for sharing this amazing poem with us. Love Light Patty