The poet William Stafford set himself the task of writing a poem a day. When someone asked him what he would do when his poem-of-the-day wasn't very good, he replied "I simply lower my standards." In order to increase output, the bar here is set at a low level - the point of this is to have some fun with current events and politics. I welcome contributions and comments. Now you can also follow Doggerelo on Twitter (@doggerelo). Because of continuing medical problems, I'm no longer able to post a poem-a-day. I'll continue to post poems, but at a reduced frequency, so please stay tuned.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Break

It’s time to take a little break
For Christmas time is here
The family’s gathering all about
and bringing Christmas cheer
There's food and drink and news to share
And lots of presents everywhere
And most of all there is a child
Who’s still by Santa Claus beguiled.

It’s time for politics to go away
There’s nothing happ'ning anyway
The politocos have naught to say
They’ll all come back another day.
So Rick and Mitt and Rick (there’s two)
And Jon and Ron, Newt and Michelle,
And long departed Hermann too,
Let’s not forget Barack as well -
Take a well-deservéd rest
We’ve had some fun at your expense.
You’ll be back within a day or two
And then the fun will start anew.

There’s just one more thing I’d like to say
My Christmas wish for every day:
“Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men”
How unctuously these words get spoken
I wish they weren't an empty slogan.
Let’s reflect on them again
And pray…
                 That men could really live this way.

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