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24 December retail insanity

With maxed credit limits, we’re still roving for goods
spinning our wheels over ought-to’s and shoulds
We’ll shop till we’re dropped,
might see a guy popped,
in the nose over faded blue jeans.

If it’s the very last pair 
(on sale, of course, at the Mart)
but please, let’s try to be fair, 
if they aren’t quite yet placed in his cart.

Why does this season pull at our strings?
Because of our penchant for “favorite things.”

Memories mostly, “the-way-that-we-were.”
Memories ghostly, but they sure spur
a desire to share, as generations unfold,
the “how-to-give-manual,” as once we were told.

So we spend and sing loud in raucous good cheer,
rubbing our elbows as though drinking beer.

When it’s all over we’ll recycle (please?)
wrappers and flappers and stifle a sneeze,

as up a cold chimney we go
with a grunt and a mighty HO HO!

Torn quite asunder and spent,
from another mad Christmas hell-bent.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016




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Date: 9/13/2017 8:36:00 AM
"Favourite things" the warmth of friends and family drawing nearer, the smells of my moms kitchen, pine trees and garland. Christmas does not have to be crazy!
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Date: 1/4/2017 8:29:00 AM
I used to be that fool, good for a poetic ranting stocking stuffer. Favorite things reminds me of Oprah. :)
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PATRICIA CRESSWELL
Date: 9/13/2017 8:35:00 AM
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Date: 1/5/2017 10:40:00 AM
rants' R us:-)
Date: 1/1/2017 10:01:00 AM
Poetic truth!! "Pull on our strings...favorite things " and "memories The-way-that-we-were"..."ghostly"... just a few of my 'favorite' from your poem!! Big Hugggs. Deb
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Date: 1/5/2017 10:39:00 AM
Wow! Forgot to thanks you for the visit, so THANKS! 'n huggers of course ~ j
Date: 12/30/2016 10:32:00 AM
So very true! What a mess we've become
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Date: 1/1/2017 8:34:00 AM
Thanks for stopping by Mike. Sorry I'm late with reply, been traveling. Happy New Year! ~ john
Date: 12/29/2016 5:25:00 AM
It's totally insane John. A perfectly capitilized society captured in your piece here.
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Date: 1/1/2017 8:34:00 AM
Hi Jean! Thanks for stopping by. Sorry so late to reply, I've been traveling to escape the snow. Hoppy New Year!
Date: 12/24/2016 10:12:00 AM
John, maybe once a long time ago but now it's a day just like the day before and the day after. I got tired of people putting a price on love and friendship so I quit buying gifts. You'll find out pretty quick who really loves you.
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Date: 12/26/2016 9:27:00 AM
Had a few friends over for munchies and laughs. Hope you had a good 'un ~ john
Date: 12/24/2016 8:38:00 AM
Man.... You totally had me with the first stanza. John, a funny yet very wise poem - yes, lost memories, perhaps lost visions of ourselves.
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Date: 12/24/2016 8:45:00 AM
:-). gotcha, in real time!
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Doug Vinson
Date: 12/24/2016 8:39:00 AM
Oh, forgot to say that this time of year makes me want to barricade myself behind multiple, heavily fortified and locked doors, with an oversupply of automatic weapons.