Counting down the days to Christmas by Dave Rendle

It’s a wonderful time of the year

for many trapped and living in fear

caught by a malicious system

drowning in debt,facing it all alone,

benefits cut, holding on as best they can

spending many days with heads in hands,

hearts aching, tears rolling down cheeks

counting down the days to Christmas.


Have you seen the alternative news

that exposes this conscious cruelty?

Government  robbing people of self respect

left in sullen days of  abandonment,

people with no heating, sitting around freezing,

listening to reality blues, life in gloom

trying to fight, pick up the pieces

counting down the days to Christmas.


Its difficult to find any hope

or feel the presence of any holy spirit,

in this season when things  fall apart

people caught up in  war zones,

refugees  fleeing for their lives

lovers slowly dying of terminal disease,

refusing to surrender, releasing resistance

counting down the days to  Christmas.


I can’t handle another bloody Christmas song

my will is already being pinched and broken,

by adverts spreading the disease of capitalism

tinsel,glitter and fairy lights masking crisis,

at a time of the year many now come to dread

too difficult to contemplate, let alone celebrate;

scrambling our way through the fog

counting down the days to Christmas.


A time for peace,goodwill and generosity

but the world’s stage makes this difficult,

leaving many facing sleepless nights

long drawn out days of thrift,

so try not to forget the cheated, the old

the poor and the sick, the weak

cast aside, forced to tighten their belts

counting down the days to Christmas.



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