‘Between Christmas and the year you never knew’ by Stephen Watt
‘Between Christmas and the year you never knew’
A terrible time of year to go.
Not a holiday, but expiring.
that the wiring in your body is loose;
caused by Star Jumps
or having the stomach pumped
after an uninspiring vindaloo.
and the year you never knew
when the Cat & Dog Homes balloon,
you pull down the fur-lined hood
of your favourite parka,
shuffling away from city bustle
towards the park ten minutes out of town
where century-old ash trees
leaflet-drop, cramming spam
into the damp ground
and gulls grind their mussel shells
like teeth of misted crystal balls
forecasting ill health.
It was a bolt from out of the blue.
A scarlet half moon
from a rosy sky
like a necklace wrapped in scrunched tissue;
this present is already overdue.
A terrible time of year to go
and the year you never knew.
Stephen Watt, 27 December, 2016
This section: Christmas Poems , Stories and Winter Tales, Stephen Watt, Poet.
- Twelve Days of Christmas – Leela Soma
- Shaking Hands With Christmas – Brian Whittingham
- To Move On – short story by Samina Chaudry
- The Angel Beds by Michael Crossan
- The Fortune Teller by Pat Byrne
- Hopes and Fears by James Connarty
- Driving to Mass by Micheal Norton
- Christmas Chocolate Log with Irish Cream Filling by Mags McGrath
- Tak Tent (Take Care) Christmas video – Janet Crawford
- Ice on Loch Lomond a poem by Catriona Malan
- Ruby saves the day by Gillian Mayes
- Fionnuala Boyle – Glove Makes the World Go Round
- Mary Irvine’s Blog: Christmas Customs and Festivals
- Some Wintertime Poems by Finola Scott
- I Deserve This – a poem for Christmas by Calum Maclean
- A Christmas Poem – The Forgotten by Margaret Harrison
- Frohe Weihnachten – a Christmas Poem by Brian Whittingham
- The Stress of Christmas Wrapping by Calum Maclean
- Christmas Day – a story by Cornelius Doherty
- Seasons Greetings from Stef Shaw The Glasgow Cabbie