Christmas is just Woolworth’s for Christians

Pretty
baubles that dangle,
a Babyliss
that untangles  the
knots in your hair

not a bible anywhere
(unless they’re sold under the counter)

and the packaging they wrap things in
if they wrap things up at all
tied up in another knot with
string from a giant ball.

I’ve seen a sight or two or three and
Woolworth’s won’t be seeing me

sad to say
it had its day
and has gone to that
great mall
in the sky

so I’ll head ecumenical
being cynical
but practical
and shop at
the
nearest Temple.

© 2016, John Smallshaw.