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A Very Special Christmas Poem

Published by Mark Gordon Brown in Satire
December 18th, 2008

This is NOT “just a Poem” it is a way for you to change the world, starting by sending a prayer out to those who really need it most.

No matter what your religious faith is, what is termed “The Holiday Season” by most of the world, is a special time of year, one that has the sense of a collective surge in positive energy. It is no wonder that many religions have very important holidays at this time, and “The Holiday Season” falls during the northern hemisphere’s winter. This energy can be transformative in many situations. This “poem” is about one area of “reality” that I would like to see transformed into a different type of reality.

Then one frog
on Christmas Eve,
told Santa
He was gay,
and not in a
Deck The Halls way.
He didn’t get anything
for Christmas.
The end.
All finished.
Merry Christmas.
Is that what
you were waiting for?
Get out of here,
go away,
stop reading.
Go away,
stop looking at me.
You’re just like that fool
that keep telling me
I know Donner and Blitzen,
Prancing around all high,
and mighty like Cupid.
I’ve never even been to the damn North Pole
that just plain old stupid.

If you have read this far you may have been amused by this little exercise in writing, or you may have been offended, then again you may just think it is me being stupid. What is not amusing, and is extremely offensive and stupid, is that each year, thousands of people with psychological disorders spend the holidays coping with the misery of their disorder. No matter how they acquired their situation, be it their own fault, from years of substance abuse, a genetic condition, or caused by an accident. The holiday season is a time to show a little compassion for them. I am not talking about giving a financial donation to a charity that helps such folk, or even helping the individuals themselves. That is great if you do, but a gift of cash, or even time, which are external things, are not going to take away the agony for some of these folks, as most of their agony is completely internal.

I have something better you can do, or can do in addition, even if a person looks like this!

Photo of a homeless man from Wikimedia. Photo Source http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2f/Angry_hobo.jpg

What I am talking about is giving these people some mental or spiritual attention, and intention for a few moments this holiday season to wish/manifest happiness, hope, and above all, health into their lives. You can do this according to your spiritual beliefs, it could be in the form of meditation, prayer, or just a moment of reflective silence. The main purpose is that of envisioning them whole again. Let me repeat and clarify this again, the main purpose is that of envisioning them whole again. None of this business of “Oh, Lord take away their affliction”, “But for the grace of God go I”, or “That is sad, but that’s how Karma works.”. Those types of mental chatter are just self serving mind games people play on themselves, and this particular act of intention/prayer is not about you, it is about that person you wish to have a transformation. Just simply envision/pray that person as whole and well and leave it there. Leave it there!

So when you are out and about this holiday season if you see some rag-a-muffin sitting in an alley singing mixed up Christmas songs, do not look at them with disgust or even with pity, instead take a few moments, and a little bit of that Holiday spirit/energy, to intend/pray that person as being in a state of wellness. 

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  1. Posted December 18, 2008 at 3:31 am

    Very well done, Mark! I wish that everyone in the world would take the time out to say just one prayer for those less fortunate. A great write! :)

    -M

  2. Posted December 18, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Words to make us sit up and take note Mark! A listening ear can be more useful than a coin sometimes. I enjoyed this, thanks, it reminded me of the man who wore no socks, he lived a frugal life in our UK town when I was young, he was scruffy but civil, a neighbour always took him in at Christmas, shared her baking with him and listened to his life story (it appears it was heartbreaking), when he died he had left all his worldly goods to her, it turns out he was a millionare with clinical depression, he wrote her a letter, my aunt was her friend and read it, she said he thanked the woman as she saved his life when his money could do nothing, she said to my aunt ~ but I only made him a cuppa and chatted, obviously that’s what he needed.

  3. Posted December 18, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    great article and an eye-opener to many.

  4. goodselfme
    Posted December 19, 2008 at 1:45 am

    In my town there are homeless all year long. I wish I could take them all home with me, but since I am not able to do that I pray for them nightly. thank you for this post.

  5. Posted December 20, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Truly an eye opener. Great piece.

  6. Posted December 21, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve buzzed this one up, Mark – it’s indeed very special… and refreshing! (There is so much Christmas Rubbish around!… and this is not only a poem, but some sort of a meditation too!)

  7. Posted January 17, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Mark, this is something I always do. Most people do not understand the concept of positive envisioning. I’m happy you are getting the word out.

  8. Posted February 7, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    A rare thing nowadays it seems. Real compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves, and why stop at the holiday season? Here I am reading it in February, and now thinking more about the depth of peoples despair, rather than just what can be done to temporarily help. A very good piece Mark. I’ll be popping by again as time allows :)

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