Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
by ramakrishnan parthasarathy.
Merry Christmas to the prisoners at bay
Merry Christmas to the anchorites who walk
Merry Christmas for the Christmas afternoon
Merry Christmas to the absent gifts for the homeless
Merry Christmas to the creators of said absence
Merry Christmas to the concept of gifts
Merry Christmas to the Santa Claus who’s at Walmart
Merry Christmas to the closed church on the day
Merry Christmas for the “No Ministers” sign
Merry Christmas for the trains that run
Merry Christmas for equal conditions
Merry Christmas for democratic tears
Merry Christmas to all closed shops
Merry Christmas to the open gas station
Merry Christmas to the feeling of eating something after 24 hours
Merry Christmas for accepting debit cards.

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  1. I think this poem would work better if there were more elaboration, or maybe description. For instance, the first line — “Merry Christmas to the prisoners at bay” — might have more power if you were to describe the conditions in which those prisoners are suffering. More adjetives! More imagery! Think of William Burroughs’ “A Thanksgiving Prayer.” There’s a real powerful holiday poem. And while I’m at, if any of you haven’t read Burroughs’ “A Junkie’s Christmas,” you definitely should.

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