(On hearing White Christmas and “as the shoppers rush home with their treasures”
over the PA in the hectic anarchy of an electrical department at Westfield
Shoppingtown four shopping days before Christmas.)
These dreams are stacked in aisles, white or stainless
As promises of Love and Labour lost
The pleasure’s in the giving and it’s painless
As credit cards and time defer the cost…
The New Year fades to Old Year feeling
The Giving and the Gift both soon forgot.
You have More Stuff. But nothing’s healing.
You feel that something’s missing, don’t know what…
© rob walker, 21/12/07
The Friendly Street Year kicks off properly with its first reading for 2008 on Tuesday 5th February. Guest Reader is Amelia Walker. See Amelia’s INTERVIEW.