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the hard-pressed holiday dater

all the glitz, glam & gluttony 
that comes with this time of year
in our overstuffed, overwhelmed,
provoke through the television screen
on the streets, in the restaurants, in the
parks, in the stores, in the warmest of places &
the coldest,
a sense that one must be attached to another
to frolic with the fishes 
to be capable of anything close to happiness.

so like clockwork,
desperation piles in &
those who might never have settled for such
ridiculous company, 
turn over a new leaf (regardless of whether they are
really sincere to themselves about the whole thing)---
what follows is a series of dates that
hold none of the importance that a relationship which
might of spontaneously ignited 
with a growing interest from both individuals
culminating in an explosion of 
newness & beauty 
which may very well flourish into any number of 
positive things---
these dates fulfill their obligations
they help the making of appearances at family functions
they ensure a conversation piece (no matter how dull) 
at any number of parties or public gatherings &
quite possibly they might keep said individuals 
seemingly warm through the winter months.

but when the new year has rung in all the bells & whistles of
and after valentine day’s capitalist pounding takes its toll
the side-effects of the holiday dater’s submission to such a 
desperate move become apparent &
everything soon crumbles when the spring months begin to
show the face of freshness 
riling even the most committed 
to look elsewhere for that burst of energy---
soon the december to may is traded in for a
may to 

Copyright © | Year Posted 2011

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