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God Help Ye Weary Gentleman, Let Nothing You Dismay

A Partridge perched upon a tree
entices him to throw something!
When songbirds sing and flap their wings  
two turtle doves, cause headache pain.
Those mocking words, thread-worn with wear.
 remind him of the dollars spent.
Defeat caves in, ... the thought of debt!

He bends his head to shield his face,
and steps upon the curb, to brace
against the mob, against the throng,
against long lines in shopping malls 

He watches herds with purses out,
who attack the narrow aisles and park.
Chagrins at purpose, poised, embarked
They're mad! They charge like Joans of Arc!

No one pays him time of day
He feels the sting of frostbit cheer
and leans beneath the canopy
The sales are lit, with half-price tease 
and gaggled geese attack with glee!

Pure instinct guides, their goal is keen
Gifts supreme, they seek and find!
He wonders, as they claim their prize,
if what they buy, and dollars leaked
will gratify their kin, divined?

With weighty burdens in their hands
and dollars spent from sun to sun,
he waits until his wife is done.
This madness took her far away
within the glass enclosed array
of Jingle Bells and money spilled,
of trinkets, socks and Visa bills

His feet are sore, a wrinkled coat, 
unruly hair,...  it glistens now,
With cheeks of red, he steels his breath.
Forefathers did, before their death!

Entrenched in snow beneath his feet,
his stomach growls,  he begs to quit
He watches from the window glass.
A check-out line!!            She's close!!!    ......   At last!!
She's almost done, her purchase won!!

She grins as if she's fetched the best!
The smile she wears, he catches fast 
And makes it worth the weary quest!                               


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  1. Date: 12/24/2014 10:06:00 AM

    This is fun! Merry Christmas.
  1. Date: 12/24/2014 1:44:00 AM

    This is a poem that makes me reflect about how hard it is to earn money,so wisely it should be slent.Men love to have beautiful women but love to have a wise one too..Its always bad to be addictive in life,and sales can make one so.May We all focus of what Christmas is really ut sweet lady.A very interesting poem with clever thoughts penned.Have a blessed Christmas swsetheart.
  1. Date: 12/23/2014 9:30:00 PM

    You have just described the day I had today.There were a couple of doors I almost made it by.The 50% off signs kept attracting my lovely wife...dragging me by the hand
  1. Date: 12/23/2014 8:59:00 PM

    Very interesting write and read , you made me think as I read, that's a dangerous thing. Very well worked,thanks
  1. Date: 12/23/2014 3:33:00 PM

    You told a great story here Carrie - am glad neither myself or my hubby go through this lol:-) Hugs jan xx Its a 7
  1. Date: 12/23/2014 3:06:00 PM

    What an amazing poem with a great story Carrie. A perfect Iambic Pentameter. 7+ Fav. I really love this one.