Simone Inez Harriman

Gold Star - 27,940 Points (03/05/1959 / New Zealand)

Christmas Bomb - Poem by Simone Inez Harriman

The tree, the fairy lights
So beautiful, so magical
I almost forgot you weren't here
This semi-perfect morning
A small feast and joy of gifts
For expendables
Just me and the kids
Then, there you were
A Christmas bomb
On this special day
To blow everything hopeful away

Incoming

You're a double barrel shotgun
Of explosive sarcasm
Marching the kids out the door
A happy weekend away
With your latest debacle
Sitting pretty in the car nose up
Recently radicalised
To the 'Anti ex-wife club'

Shell-shocked

After you and your squeeze leave
Taking the best life has to offer
My whole volatile world
Deployed to a sink hole

Thanks for that

Among discarded gifts
In no-man's-land
I'm here adrift
With blood red wine
And a thousand-yard stare

Topic(s) of this poem: love lost, relationships, anger, christmas, hurting


Comments about Christmas Bomb by Simone Inez Harriman

  • Akhtar Jawad (4/6/2018 10:53:00 PM)

    Among discarded gifts
    In no-man's-land
    I'm here adrift
    With blood red wine
    And a thousand-yard stare.... What a lovely write!
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  • Bri Edwards (9/28/2017 12:11:00 AM)

    i second Susan's first sentence, below.

    thousand-yard stare i think i've heard used to describe one symptom of shell shock (used i think to describe a symptom of some World War One military veterans) aka PTSS aka PTSD.

    Definition PTSS/PTSD

    Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS) is the name given to the symptoms that are experienced after a traumatic event. These symptoms can also be delayed and appear from up to 3 months after the event, to some forty years or more post-trauma (after the traumatic event) . Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is (in essence) the same thing, except psychiatry prefers to differentiate between symptoms and the fully activated disorder.

    gotta go. my mate just got home.

    maybe i'll come back.

    bri :)
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  • Susan Williams (8/4/2017 1:34:00 PM)

    Oh, how I hope this isn't biographical but the intensity of the details tells me this is a portrait of your Christmas morning. There is such a juxtaposition between the beginning of celebration under a fairyland Christmas tree with all the magic about unopened presents and the explosion of a beautiful memory in the making. Excellent word-choice to reinforce your main image- -incoming, deployed. shell-shocked, volatile, debacle, radicalized, Such powerful images:
    - - - - -A Christmas bomb
    On this special day
    To blow everything hopeful away
    - - - - - - -You're a double barrel shotgun
    Of explosive sarcasm
    Marching the kids out the door
    - - - - - - After you and your squeeze leave
    Taking the best life has to offer
    My whole volatile world
    Deployed to a sink hole
    - - - - - - - - - The entire poem is a portrait of pain and loss juxtaposed against the background of a Christmas morning. This is top-notch writing, Simone... like so many of your pieces. 10+++++++++++++++++++
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  • (8/1/2017 11:55:00 PM)

    The imagery....stunning, Simone. There is the incoming force, arriving on Christmas Day. As with most conflicts, engagement is expected, but the actual arrival is always a surprise. During the onslaught, there are no verbal barbs that seem launched in defence....C'est la guerre et c'est la vérité. A great poem, Simone. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/13/2017 1:26:00 AM)

    Sad, sad, sad, just let it out in rhyme
    Mad, mad, mad, it will fade away with time
    Thanks for sharing Inez-10
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  • Michael Walker (4/12/2017 11:54:00 PM)

    Very different from the usual bland Christmas poem. This is realism, not a fairy-tale world.
    'With blood-red wine/ And a thousand yard stare'. Top-class.
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  • Valsa George (12/27/2016 4:31:00 AM)

    On Christmas day, painful memories are re visited at the reappearance of one whom she doesn't like to see any more! All the merriment of Christmas is going to be taken away to drag her to a drab existence! The feelings of bitterness over the strained love, so powerfully delineated! (I am not sure if my reading of the poem sounds sensible!) (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 14, 2018


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