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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Monday, November 25, 2013

'Tis the Season

'Tis the season to be marginalized
'Cuz the Christian majority can't realize
that holidays come in more than one size
Or maybe they're not celebrated at all
Not everybody decks the halls
or hangs those colored Christmas lights
Yeah, that's my menorrah shining bright
for eight nights, oy vey!
Not all gifts come on a sleigh
Though every year, the same old scene
My eyes assaulted with red and green
as the stores roll out the Christmas machine
And what about the rest of us?
Always there to make a fuss
when we protest the nativity
in a public space for festivity
or ask for a kinara too
or a Star of David in white and blue
(isn't that just like a Jew?)
to try and make us all rephrase
"Merry Christmas" to "Happy Holidays?"
But would it really kill the mirth
to have a little peace on earth?
To acknowledge and embrace
those of more than just one faith?
So while you defend your Christmas cheer
Remember there are others here.





submitted for Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Sunday Challenge, Woodie Gurthrie (protest poem)

7 comments:

Brian Miller said...

eh i think you would be hard pressed to find god of any faith in the chaos that is this season....

but i am def for recognizing all faiths and dont expect others to share my beliefs....

Fireblossom said...

A-ha! Another soldier in the War On Christmas!!!

Conform!

*snork*

Helen said...

This shoots to the top of my protest poetry list!!!!

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

here, here! now if I could get people to celebrate Aztec/Toltec festivities who are part of my other Indian families in the west, south west and south becore we were disenfranchised. Let's celebrate 'humankind'and not this commercialization of greed.

Thankyou lolamouse for this. I'm in your boat

Susie Clevenger said...

I so love this!! This time of year drives me crazy...Thanks so much for taking part in the challenge!!

Kay L. Davies said...

Well done, Ms Mouse. Tolerance and acceptance, which should be a sign of our enlightened times, are sorely lacking for much of the year, and more visibly so at this time of year, when real Christians should be including their neighbors and friends.
Wishing you well, my friend, whatever the season.
K

Bouncin Barb said...

Fantastic!! If only...