David Lehman

(June 11, 1948 / New York City)

December 25 - Poem by David Lehman

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

Comments about December 25 by David Lehman

  • Susan Williams (12/16/2015 2:55:00 PM)

    I imagine many who go to college have a few regrets of roads not taken (Report) Reply

    15 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Kim Barney (12/16/2015 9:30:00 AM)

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

  • Chetan Pandey (12/16/2015 9:29:00 AM)

    Amazing.... Poems written on dates (Report) Reply

  • (12/16/2015 9:26:00 AM)

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

  • Brian Jani (5/16/2014 6:09:00 PM)

    Well penned david (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Partlow (12/23/2007 9:30:00 PM)

    Funny sentiment - well written. My take is that Chanukah and Christmas are not in confrontation/competition, but that there is a harmony of their meaning and purpose:

    The Chanuka and Christmas Carol:
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-chanuka-and-christmas-carol/
    (Report) Reply

Read all 6 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: graduate, christmas, dream, father, night, time, change

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]