Linda Ori

Rookie - 169 Points (08/13/1945 / UTAH)

* Holiday Madness * - Poem by Linda Ori

They seemed to spring up overnight
The Christmas trimmings to delight
Every woman, man and child -
This yuletide rushing drives me wild!

I just turned on my radio
I think I heard a HO-HO- HO!
Their playing Christmas music sweet
And I'm still eating trick - or - treats!

Come late October days fly by
Be careful not to blink an eye
As holidays all run together
Pumpkins, elves and turkey feathers!

Give us time to recognize
The holiday before our eyes
And let us give it precedence
Before the day becomes past tense!

So much to do, so little time
As I sit here creating rhyme
You'd think I've better things to do
Like Christmas shopping at the 'zoo'!

Where shoppers ram you with their carts
While songs of Christmas fill their hearts
With tales of peace, of hope and joy
It's 'Blue Light Special' - buy this toy!

While in the fridge the turkey thaws
Yes, I am cooking 'just because'
Nobody else would do the task
Just once it would be nice to ask!

This time next month we'll all be crazy
Especially anyone who's lazy
And didn't get his shopping done
Just one week left - get out and run

From store to store for one last look
Perhaps some perfume, or a book?
Something special, something funny -
I think this year I'll just give money!

We'll break our backs and bank accounts
Use credit cards and checks that bounce
Oh, aren't the holidays such fun?
Bah! Humbug.......... Bless us everyone!


Comments about * Holiday Madness * by Linda Ori

  • (2/8/2008 3:02:00 PM)


    Oh so very true Linda
    Xmas precedes St Valentines
    with lots of sacharine be mines
    The hearts and flowers disappear
    and lo the easter bunny's here
    .a liitle rest before they say
    Thanksgiving day is on its way
    No holidays a holy day its
    just a way to make you pay
    For presents you feel you should give
    So that greedy merchants live
    unlike you in luxury
    I am quite sure that you'll agree
    . the world is too commercialised
    for holidays to still be prized.
    My minds made up I will refuse
    and put my cash to better use.
    Perhaps I'll book an ocean cruise
    it is my cash I get to choose
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  • (2/4/2008 8:07:00 PM)


    Nicely done Ori, you captured it all in the last line.

    Greenwolfe 1962
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  • (11/25/2007 12:17:00 PM)


    Heigh, you catch the mood perfectly.... was just thinking as I walked along the street half an hour ago about how suddenly Xmas has arrived... and, to an fairly fringebound observer, how pretty and happy it all looks for a while... but, yeah there is that frantic, ritualistic side to it too which probably takes the shine of it for some... But, in the half dark, the lights on the trees look lovely.. The truth is that your picture is much more accurate though... and painted with real flair as always Linda Ori... and hey.. even the Xmas poems are arriving earlier this year.. xxx jim (Report) Reply

  • (11/21/2007 9:40:00 PM)


    I love the relaxed tone of this fun poem about the 'silly' season - a nice balance between the ironic and the laid back. Fortunately, I am able to ban Christmas from my mind until after my children's dance performance which finishes on December 21. It's amazing what you can come up with in three days - and much less stress too. Great poem written with flair and a cheerful sort of cynicism. love, Allie xxxxxxxxxxxxx (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2007 3:40:00 PM)


    You certainly have it figured out Linda
    Xmas is merely an excsue to allow merchants to rip you off buying present out of a sense of duty. I gave up onit except for small children in the family who have yet to learn that it is all a scam
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  • (11/18/2007 9:23:00 AM)


    So sad and true, often wonder if I could just skip Christmas(Thanksgiving too) when everyone thinks about all the stuff to do and not the celebration its suppose to be about! It's a 10! (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (11/18/2007 3:09:00 AM)


    Well, now Midnight, this long awaited renaissance of yours is certainly sure to resplendenate all our aspirations of a stress-free holiday season. Please
    do tell me who you were pow-wowing with that motivated you to pen such
    an uplifting opus? Damn good verse though, is what saved you from Grinchville!
    But to tell and shed some light on this poem, Midnight.SO WAS IT:

    ...........................A fender-bender with Kringle & his sled...?
    ...........................Blinded by Rudolph and his nose of red...?
    ...........................Halloween got you, in Salems witchery...?
    ...........................So you're taking it out on Tom the Turkey?

    Hey...Great stuff, Midnight...glad i was on visitng hours tonight...
    Good to see you figured out how a P.C. works, again.....LOL!

    ~ ~ ~
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  • (11/18/2007 2:57:00 AM)


    Titter... titter... yes, but methinks the bah humbug is 100% tongue-in-cheek... cute write Linda (and glad it's not just me on the credit card/cheque front...) t x (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 18, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 25, 2011


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