Archive for December 22nd, 2020

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

A Mayan Christmas by Rip Bulkeley

Fuck Easter, with just two pathetic deaths
while the third one’s Dad fixes an escape.
We haven’t really done the hecatomb thing
since Nagasaki. Meanwhile the well-fed gods
of Mesopotamia and Cambodia have been
sneering at us. All right – Vietnam, Iraq,
Afghanistan and that piddling Belgrano,
but the truest slaughter should be crammed
into a handful of days, and the very best
play out at home like Aberfan or austerity.
Too bad, that with COVID roaring ahead
we will never be certain just which were
the sacred Christmas deaths. But the best thing
is that instead of a few score jargon soldiers
or priests with their high tech obsidian knives
we can do this one ourselves with a kiss.
They got that part right, in Gethsemane.

From: https://www.culturematters.org.uk/index.php/arts/poetry/item/3587-a-mayan-christmas

Date: 2020

By: Rip Bulkeley (19??- )