Who now believes in Santa Claus
or that the storied Three Wise Men
witnessed a virgin birth in Bethlehem
which brought peace and joy to earth?
Who has faith in the Christmas spirit
that evaporates and fades away
too soon after Boxing Day?
When all’s been said and done
isn’t it just an annual delusion
mere false cheer to end each year?
Yet there’s something about the season
that transcends our rhyme and reason
so God bless every one of us
who celebrates this Christmas!
Born and raised in Cardiff, Wales, Ian has an MA in English from Oxford University. He lives in Taiwan with his wife, two daughters and cat. He teaches English in a high school. He has had poems and short stories published in Duane’s PoeTree, Tuck Magazine, Best Poetry, The Ekphrastic Review, 1947 A Literary Journal, Spillwords Press, Dead Snakes, Your One Phone Call, Schlock! Webzine, Short-story.me, Literary Yard, Indian Periodical, Anotherealm, Under the Bed, A Story In 100 Words, Poems and Poetry, Friday Flash Fiction, The Drabble, and in various anthologies.