Optimism/Pessimism: A Kafkaesque Meditation
POETRY FORMAT, 26 Dec 2016
I used to be an optimist.
When I was 5, someone told me,
“Santa Claus does not exist!”
In my teens I learned he’d been murdered
by a Commie-sympathizer
with a Sears’ catalogue rifle.
Much later, I learned he’d been blown up
(with Rudolph the red-nose reindeer)
because of the cut of his jib!
Blown up by terrorists, they told me.
Because of the cut of his jib!
I could almost understand!
I never liked his garish outfits–
startling red, with bright, white trims!
(I never liked his rotund style–
that “Ho-ho-ho!” jocundity!)
It was also the “fake news,” they told me.
He was spreading too much cheer!
Climbing down chimneys in the middle of the night!
Leaving all kinds of packages!
God only knows what you find when unraveling!
He never even went thru Homeland Security!
“Get with the program!” they told me.
“The Power of Positive Thinking”
is all that old-hat stuff!
“But the children?” I wondered, “the children….
Who will tell the children?….”
Dr. Gary Corseri is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment. He has published and posted articles, fiction and poems at hundreds of venues, including, TMS (Transcend Media Service), The New York Times, Village Voice, Redbook Magazine and Counterpunch. He has published 2 novels and 2 collections of poetry, and his dramas have been produced on PBS-Atlanta and elsewhere. He has performed his poems at the Carter Presidential Library and Museum and has taught in universities in the US and Japan, and in US public schools and prisons. Contact: Gary_Corseri@comcast.net.
This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 26 Dec 2016.
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