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Oops! Christmas ’04

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Alan Britt’s recent books include Vegetable Love and Vermilion. His work also appears in the anthologies American Poets Against the War (Metropolitan Arts Press, 2009) and Vapor transatlantico (Hofstra University Press, 2008). Alan founded the Commonsense Party which, in his words “ironically to some sounds radical.” He teaches English and creative writing at Towson University and lives in Reisterstown MD with his wife, daughter, 2 Bouviers des Flandres, 1 Bichon Frise, and 2 formerly feral cats.

Oops! Christmas ’04
By Alan Britt

When wine became the Covenant,
sure enough, that’s when the power grab began.

Why, though, do we even need a covenant
so long as we’re behaving ourselves?

I guess no one behaves, really.
Kings, Emperors, Czars, even Presidents
of the new world order
all trespass Jesus.

Hence, the pungent herbs of guilt
swirling like clouds of angels
each Christmas Eve as a gilded pipe organ
imitates the sobbing heart.

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