Carol 49

Does this Christmas feel real?
do you want to deck the halls
or deck the local copper?

is it merry gentlemen
or doped up mental men?

and is Santa just a voyeur?

Will the saviour save me from
the DWP?

A friend sends me a Christmas card
a picture on it of a crib,
some yard in Bethlehem
with some very clever men stood by
I don’t know why he sent it me
perhaps he thought I’d like it.

But it’s not like it used to be
would you agree?
well
apart from the nuts and
there’s plenty of them
merry mental gentlemen
about.

No snow
just pretence and
‘a good deal hence’
from the days of
Wenceslas.

© 2017, John Smallshaw.