If April is the cruelest month,
Then, what be January?
If March comes in like a lion,
How comes in February?

In the swelt’ring heat of August,
Who would not rush September?
What is so rare as June days fair,
Shivering in November?

And, pray, what could be so welcome
As flowers in the month of May….
Till we behold leaves red and gold
Fill a fall October day?

Which month brings “forth,” more than July,
A day born to remember….
Save that birth date we celebrate
On twenty-five December?


When you’re a kid,
you come to realize
there is no Santa Claus.

When you’re post-adolescent,
you come to realize
there is no Cupid.

When you’re middle-aged,
you come to realize
there is no Superman.

When you’re older than your dreams,
you come to realize
there is no moral god.

I’m sorry, Virginia, but you were
misled….forget the fat guy
in red with white beard
and sack full of goodies.

But at least there is a you,
Virginia, to remind old men
like me that once-upon-a-time
may be as good as it gets.


“Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!”
Come the holidays, that’s all you do hear!
Enjoy such greetings while ye may….
Then it’s back to, “Have a nice day.”


  1. 2zpoint says:

    After reading the parts about no cupid, Santa, or Superman I almost felt dismay but then I realized this truth and now I’ll be on my way…
    We are only limited by our imagination and the willingness to do what needs to be done.
    These things are part of our spirit and dreams, may you see it in your heart to find them again one day.Peace be with you.


  2. mistermuse says:

    I appreciate your thoughtful response, but to say that we are ONLY limited by our imagination & willingness to do what needs to be done is, in my opinion, an oversimplification. Perhaps our most obvious limitation is ignorance, which I would divide into what is possible to know (but don’t) and what is impossible to know. Each of these, of course, can be delved into at length. The former, for example, can be overcome to a greater or lesser extent by education (wherein “the willingness to do what needs to be done” applies), experience (outgrowing the naivete recounted in my poem), and openness to other considerations & possibilities (wherein “our imagination” may come into play. As for what is impossible to know – well, this reply is already getting rather lengthy, so I’ll let that ride for now. Happy holidays!


  3. leesis says:

    what about sunrises? 🙂


  4. mistermuse says:

    and sunsets!!!


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