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That Light Bulb Moment

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Scribbles Thu 21-Dec-17 12:26:12

In our house we welcome the winter solstice with a celebratory supper and lots of flowers but we don't "do" Christmas. Much as I try to avoid it, sometimes a trip to the shops is necessary at this time of year and one such trip prompted the following which I thought I'd share:

The trains are crowded, the buses are slow
Full of bad tempered people with somewhere to go.
No room in the car park; there's never enough
Space when you need it. God, but shopping is tough!

She shoves down the pavement and into the mall
Buying slippers for Grandad and watching snow fall.
She's been to John Lewis, now M&S beckons
Then Waitrose for turkey and she's all done, she reckons.

The tinsel looks tacky and the carols sound hollow.
Are they enough sprouts? There'll be pudding to follow
So just add a few more then queue up to pay,
Flashing the plastic. What's that? Rejected, you say?

Enough of this nonsense, this retail excess
Spending money like water, feeling under duress.
The people behind are tutting and pushing,
But she's had too much; the pressure is crushing.

She hates bliddy Christmas and what's it all for?
Leaving the shopping, she walks out of the store
No turkey, no Santa, no need to feel blue -
Why should she feel guilty? After all, she's Hindu.


Granny23 Thu 21-Dec-17 12:33:39

Very Good Scribbles with an unexpected twist at the end. tchgrin

Day6 Thu 21-Dec-17 12:35:16

I like that. smile

Haven't we all felt that way about the commercialism of Christmas? However, I remain a fan. I hate the spending sprees which have got out of hand, but the carols, decorations, food, family times, gatherings and sense of anticipation hasn't vanished for me. (I appreciate that not everyone has a cosy, family-filled Christmas, that it might be a miserable time for some, and I certainly know all about budgeting, but I love December/Christmas time all the same.)

Nonnie Thu 21-Dec-17 12:59:14

Interesting that you don't 'do' Christmas but post a poem mentioning God!

I don't recognise this scenario as we are lucky enough to live in a place where people don't get cross in the supermarket, where people are really kind and caring. In 8 years we have only met 3 grumpy people!

Auntieflo Thu 21-Dec-17 14:18:42

Ditto your first line Nonnie

Oldwoman70 Thu 21-Dec-17 14:54:47

Actually going round the supermarket today I think everyone was smiling and relaxed, happily giving way to others, helping get things down from shelves - in fact in a much better frame of mind than a normal weekend. Perhaps you have just been unlucky.

Scribbles Thu 21-Dec-17 16:27:39

This was meant to be light hearted but for Nonnie and Auntieflo I'd just like to explain that I'm a writer of fiction which means I can and do write about all sorts of things - unicorns, flying saucers, impatient shoppers and deities for example - without necessarily believing they're real.
For the record, I don't meet many grumpy people, either!

M0nica Thu 21-Dec-17 22:09:36

The poem may be light hearted but my reaction isconfused because I just do not recognise the scenario. Although the twist at the end is very clever.