Holiday Thoughts


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    Holiday Thoughts

    My calendar tells me it’s that time of year

    When thoughts turn to giving and other forms of good cheer

    The daily news is not pretty and the economies a mess

    Many people are hurting and in financial distress

     For those of us lucky enough to be warm and cozy

    It’s not easy to celebrate as if everything were rosy

    Some say those less fortunate are just lazy and don’t want to work

    But in my opinion that’s nonsense, it’s not a job that they shirk

    For if the jobs just aren’t there what should be their final course

    Move overseas to the countries where the jobs have been outsourced?

    The answers aren’t simple as I would never imply

    We need cooperation in Congress not an eye for an eye

    But alas it seems that consensus is far out of reach

    Because political party loyalty is all that they preach

    So I guess the jobs are lost forever as the rich rake in more cash

          And the politicians provide them more tax breaks while social security they slash

    But fear not good citizens all may not really be lost

    We still have our smiles and should preserve them at any cost

    For its holiday time; not the time to openly misbehave

    We still live in the land of the free and the home of the brave

    Here’s hoping the New Year may provide a change in direction

    If not for God’s sake cast your vote accordingly at the next general election.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    ©Copyright Charlie Gragg December 3, 2010 



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    Madelynn commented on Holiday Thoughts


    Truer words could not be spoken! What I really dig about this poem is that it isnt a typical holiday write- but 'realistically' aware of our situation, holidays aside.- Another great write- from a strong poetically politial voice!-Maddi



    You got it! Thanks Maddi.

    icu2 commented on Holiday Thoughts


    Great write. I live in Michigan, as you well know, and it is a nightmare, just a mess for everyone. Good poem.




    Stryx commented on Holiday Thoughts


    The political Poet - and nicely done Sir Charles. And if teeth are clenched, we can still smile.



    Thank you very much WO.

    ginga commented on Holiday Thoughts


    Charlie, I pray and hope it gets better too. I am incensed with the political greed and pilfering from the middle class. Retirees deserve much more inthe ay of income and affordable health care. ty for your frank and informative poem. ginga



    Thanks for reading.

    StandingBear commented on Holiday Thoughts


    Thank you Hampton for sharing this wonderfully written Christmas/Happy New Year Write! Happy Holidays to you, Mrs. Hampton and yours! Bear



    Thank you and best wishes for the holidays.

    The true philosopher and the true poet are one, and a beauty, which is truth, and a truth, which is beauty, is the aim of both.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet (1803-1882)

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    The Computer From Hell 18
    Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
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    WordSlinger 19
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    Sweet Mary 18
    From White to Grey to Black 19
    The Reckoning 12
    And All of That Jazz 16
    Today 25
    No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
    Lucky 10
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    The Female Gender 17
    I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
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    The End 16
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    The Wee People 19
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    Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
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    Barbara 14
    Shadows 15
    Prescience 17
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    Wondering 26
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    Love Defined 27
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