For the fun of it yesterday morning, I posted several links to the following poem on Facebook. “A Christmas Wish” first appeared on my old website back in 2003, and was subsequently included in my book, Winter Poems (Cosmopsis Books, 2007). As fate would have it, it has been “borrowed” and republished online numerous times, in various formats, on scrolls, in frames, or in plain text. As is inevitable, some versions are complete, others aren’t. In this way, the Worldwide Web is like a giant refrigerator door or kitchen bulletin board, with messages overlapping and pinned down or held in place by advertising magnets. My opinion of the matter: the more fingerprints the better.
A Christmas WishWhat do I want for Christmas?Nothing to buy, nothing to sell.Family gatherings. Laughter. Music.Multitudes of happy children, warm and fed.An end to the current war, and to all wars.Water in the well, food on the table.Companionship for the lonely.Solitude for those in search of calm.Understanding for the prisoner.Compassion for those who judge.Strength for the belittled.Comfort for the torn.I want what everyone wants,But believes can never happen.Truth instead of lies.Generosity instead of greed.Knowledge instead of fear.Modesty instead of arrogance.An open heart, an open mind.To follow Life where it leads,With gratitude for hard timesAnd what they teach,And, when good times come,To pass them on for others to enjoy.But if these things are too much to ask,If I am silly or have somehow missed the point,There is still one thing I would like to see.A giant teddy bear for the wide-eyed world.