it appears in all its faux gold

garish monstrousness,

burdening the burdened

with wares their skinny wallets

and burning plastic can’t afford.

A thousand fat men in red suits

and nylon beards sit in dirty shopping centres

with eager children perched on their knees.

Murdered trees sit in dunce’s corners

in millions of homes

dressed up against their will

in hideous bauble jewellery,

turkeys are slaughtered like chickens

in battery houses –

these batteries are no good,

they’re out of juice and killing the environment.

Fat-cats rub their sausage fingers together

with gluttony fuelled excitement

as their pockets are filled

with the emptying of bank accounts

as the debt grows and grows and grows.

The light outside my window

hangs depressed and lonely

the sulphur sky polluted by electricity

meanders back and forth,

obese and disgusted with itself.

The road glistens with winter moisture,

mice, cats, foxes and the homeless

bend down to the gritty puddles

to quench their thirst.

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