Merry Christmas! (in Jersey)
by Monty Vern
Jersey visits were usually a bore;
But Christmas at dad’s was all about more;
More presents and candies and all the holiday gore;
Always made home feel desperately poor.
Jersey holiday visits were all about gifting;
Branded sweaters and blue jeans usually Ill fitting;
Gift cards and cash and a wallet too fat for comfortable sitting;
Absolutely nothing homemade with coloured paper or knitting.
While December trips to Jersey did not require visiting the shore;
There were lots of hugs and kisses from strangers pretending to be more;
With laughing and yelling and calling someone a whore;
And often a stiff smacking that left my ass sore.
Returning home from Jersey was always a bit shocking;
So bitter and cold despite the warm gloves from my stocking;
But I was always relieved at escaping the next socking;
For home was with mom and away from the mocking.
While home was much poorer and with the cupboards a bit bare;
Mom was usually there to provide me loving care;
More often than not, she was true and fair;
And that is more than I can say for my stepma in Jersey that gave me a scare.
So, in the end it did not matter how many goodies were in my stocking;
My home was with mom and away from the mocking.
Notes on the Author
Monty Vern is a poet, illustrator and writer of short stories. We have come to admire Monty’s work and words. He has been instrumental in helping T.B.C create a diverse and eclectic blogging community, and his ethics resonate very closely with our own; we should celebrate and lift each other and use our differences to connect and change the world. He has changed our blogging world just by being a part of it. His generosity has seen him create perfectly precise images for Christmas Collaborations.
Monty’s current works Thirteen Words and Thirteen Words Vol 2 are available by clicking the link. They are an illustrated collection of poems, inspired by the daily #poetryin13 (twitter) prompts. We recommend purchasing them both – for short, snappy, humorously philosophical busts of poetry to get you through your day. In our humble opinion Monty is a Humanitarian through his poetry.