December 25 Poem by David Lehman

December 25

Rating: 2.8

Christmas defeated Chanukah
once again last night
by a margin of three billion dollars
or so, but every time I hear
a Yiddish word like bupkes
in a movie (L.A. Confidential)
or when Oleg Cassini in that new play Jackie
calls a garment a shmatta, it's "good
for the Jews," as our parents used to say.
Meanwhile some things have
stayed the same; the drunken lout
in the street is still somebody's father.
Hey, kid, how does it feel to have a pop
that's a flop? And we had such good ideas
for changing the mental universe, if only
as a project in philosophy class, the one
I still dream about failing when I have
that dream everybody has, of being back
in college and needing this one course
to graduate, which I forgot to attend

Brian Jani 16 May 2014

Well penned david

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James Zugmaier 08 December 2020

Could someone help me explain the second part of this? I understand the beginning, but not the end.

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Susan Williams 16 December 2015

I imagine many who go to college have a few regrets of roads not taken

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Kim Barney 16 December 2015

This poem is chock-full of subtle humor. Very funny indeed. Loved the part about the college dream. Well done!

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Chetan Pandey 16 December 2015

Amazing.... Poems written on dates

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Ratnakar Mandlik 16 December 2015

Beautifully penned sentiments in an amusing manner. Enjoyed the travel in memory lane. Thanks for sharing.10 points.

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