Christmas Casualties by Stephen Watt
Stumbling into blazing, translucent, fairy-lit bedlam,
we become members of a taxi vigilante.
Slack pompoms hang loosely
over spirited, Rudolph-coloured noses.
Pockets are crammed with jewelled wrappers of Roses
pilfered from the office tin,
and pepperoni triangles
seep inside enveloped napkins
for those 3.30AM gremlins.
Mauled umbrellas decompose in the city bins.
Wine steers heels past the rundown fleapits
where the baby Jesus lies in the crib
of the theatre’s entrance.
December’s winds shake small lanterns of parties
where foolhardy revellers without jackets
seek to strike all moving targets
with karaoke songs in broad, ribald accents
until morning spins like helter skelters
and a dampened Scooby Doo box-set
is rendered unplayable ever again.
Stephen Watt (December, 2013)
This section: Christmas Poems , Stories and Winter Tales
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