the television commercials
with new cars wrapped in bows,
tragedy and desperation in South Sudan,
a loss of net neutrality,
a Democratic win in Alabama,
and a new Star Wars movie.
Admit it — a manger is Christmas Past,
as well as a handful of shepherds,
indeterminate number of magi,
multitude of heavenly host,
also the fourth century St. Nicholas
and Tolkien’s Letters to Father Christmas,
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
and, of course, Charles Dickens.
Why wouldn’t we want to stay in the past,
O Host of Christmas Present?
because we haven’t missed it
and we are the ones who make this Christmas
a present for you,
small and with
straw and manure and holiness.