Improv on White Christmas after the US Election

Today in the United States the Electoral College votes. The US presidential election, won by a resounding popular vote by Hilary Clinton, but lost to her because of the electoral system of allocating votes to states, gave the presidency to Donald Trump. Could that decision be upset by the state electors voting their consciences? It is unlikely.

But upon that I am brooding so when it comes to Monday and my promise that I would create some kind of Improv or parody of a holiday standard … I am a bit stalled. But as Dylan Thomas has it in “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” … “In goes my hand into that wool-white bell-tongued ball of holidays resting at the rim of the carol-singing sea and out comes… “White Christmas,” written by US immigrant Irving Berlin.

Improv on White Christmas after the US Election

There was dreaming of a white Christmas
some myth of greatness long ago
where the walls on borders
and prison warders
would keep Irving Berlin
from rhyming snow.

We’re called to seek a true Christmas
where black lives matter everywhere.
May a mosque be found in every town
and the crèche in every church be brown.

Yes, we’re called to seek true Christmas —
with each petition, every march.
and when kids of Aleppo find homes,
then we’ll know Emmanuel has come.

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8 Responses to Improv on White Christmas after the US Election

  1. Thanks for writing this. I cannot imagine any child from Aleppo getting through life without permanent PTSD, can you? The adults taking care of them look like walking ghosts, ashy faces streaked with tears, everyone wailing, and the children just waiting with hopeless eyes.

    • Maren says:

      No I cannot. It is unbelievable and ongoingly so and the impact on Europe of refugees and the withdrawal of hospitality, which we certainly cannot criticize, is far more than collateral damage.

  2. Nathaniel C. Emens says:

    Very good Maren. Yes, I remember how back in WW2 we were dreaming of a White Christmas that was sung by Bing Crosby. We were hoping that all the men would come home safely. I was
    a lucky one, as after I enlisted at 17, Japan surrendered 2 weeks later. When will we learn?

  3. Maren says:

    It seems that we do not. My mother would tell of my father’s (what we would call) PTSD which took the form of sleeping with a gun under his pillow after drinking a lot. He was a liberator of Dachau concentration camp and the German front. All of these such terrible times.

  4. Thanks, Maren, I needed that this morning!

  5. Betsy says:

    Thank you, Maren…my heart is so heavy this season.

  6. Maren says:

    So LL, toni and Betsy, you convinced me to also post this on Facebook, to a broader and gentler audience.

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