AnElephantCant make a rhyme this week
It seems he just isn’t inclined
It’s that time of year
Which traditionally brings good cheer
So perhaps he has too much on his mind
AnElephant makes another uninspired assault on this great weekly challenge hosted by his friend Al, who is still achieving wondrous things with this site.
Please take a moment to check out this page to see some superb interpretations of the Japanese Haibun, a literary form which explores the relationship between the human experience and nature.
This week AnElephant uses some seasonal thoughts as his inspiration.
Do They Know It’s Xmas
I remember that my father had an extensive repertoire of very bad songs.
Where they came from I have no idea.
But I recall one in particular from a very early age.
It always distressed me.
It was called ‘The little boy that Santa Claus forgot’ and told of a ‘laddie, who hasn’t got a daddy’.
And so he received no presents.
Now I make no attempt here to justify this song or its outdated lyrics, but there is a point to the reminiscence.
There are today, in the 15th year of the 21st century, millions of children worldwide who have no concept of Santa Claus.
They have no concept of gifts.
They have no concept of education.
They have no concept of clean water.
I am ashamed.
I am ashamed of myself.
I am ashamed of Scotland, the country of my birth.
I am ashamed of my beloved France, where I live.
And I am ashamed of every one of you, my cherished readers.
Unless there is one of you out there who, every day, does everything in your power to change this.
Because the rest of us do too little.
Every day we think about it, and every day we do too little.
we pay lip service
and small coins
in unforgivable futility