Christmas Gauntlet

World soaking through, dreaming, failing loving

Purpose straying, hope betraying

Angering so-over joying

Happiness, pleasing.

 

Agonising, pretending, water off duck’s back

Getting over, moving on

Money powering, laughter healing

Silly, stupid-ing: toads of Toad Hall.

 

So are you and you are so, sowing your family—even your mother

Sorry, not my mother of course

Hoping for saning insanity: nihilism in fact…

What else is there?

 

You! The one birthing, always birthing

Gauntlet throwing-down

Pregnant mother-giving-birth-centre stage

Star, animals, baby-watching-family.

 

Street-people-soaking

Dreaming hope-love-joy

‘If this doesn’t matter, nothing matters!’