Oh, Christmas Mean (season in flickering)

the past ghosts
of christmas
grinch

haunt this hearth
surlier each
year,

swiping the tinsel from
toy soldier’s
tears,

elf leaves me coal
crystallized in
craft beer,

just swapped top star point
with blazing spliff
revered,

poor baby’s gruff,
but insincere

with charlie’s trees
stuffed in each
ear.

image: https://fineartamerica.com/art/paintings/charlie+brown+christmas

image: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/392798398729352323/?lp=true

A Smoky Mountain Sorry

Fretful demise,
this mise en scène,

scrawny man in shadow coat,
coats forest floor
with gasoline,

then huffs at match
until lit stick slips
his lips,

from sporadic liar to
purveyor of
hellfires,

ne’er been bothered,
as to split a glance
backwards,

yet flames singe n’ shake
frosted flakes from
prick’s ivory tips
.

Hey arsonist, it’s not
too late to put the
boot to this,

here’s empty chalice,
we’ll have it out ‘tween
old commercials

and let suffered rains
spill now to
flood it,

now pick head up
and call this pyre
a marshall
,

‘fore i’ve become
your worst trouble.

image: http://jonodoiron.blogspot.com/2018/05/up-your-arson.html

image: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/fires-set-by-firefighters-a-long-standing-problem-experts-say-1.3563183

Mr. Wisherfish

be kind, be real ‘n
please rewind
the bucking
reel,

scum feeder’s been
sucklin’ hook too long
for missing meal,

pull a sick catfish aboard
and grant him fortune’s
kiss,

then toss him coin-head first
into copper liquor
fountain

tail’s ripping shimmer sway
chased always to
bottoms.

image: https://www.artpal.com/JKWoods?i=3784-3

image: https://www.abbierabinowitz.com/shop-artwork-abbie-rabinowitz/watercolors/koi-pond/