Ad Vent

The glossy pages
proclaim paltry purchases
as life savers
for my overrun soul.
They bellow, beckoning,
“buy me! buy me!”

I cannot partake
of one more iota of input–
how can quiet paper
carry so much loud weight
and end up selling me nothing 
that will fill my weary,
worn and wanting soul?

A war of words promises joy and happiness
are but a wallet-full away;
I’d have a temporary ticket
to here-on-earth happiness 
but I’d be penniless and
empty still.
There are bare bodies
bearing needless gifts,
overbearing bling shimmers an

iridescent faux shine. 

There is no real light
but that in the Stable
under the Star–
far, far from here–
heralding his coming
harking me home to hear,
“Stay here–away,
waiting, listening, watching
for my coming in the
daily, dull, down-to-earth.
Look no further,
leave the getting,
I’m the only Gift you’ll ever need.”

c. Jody L. Collins, 2015
from the archives

Did you know that December 1st is Giving Tuesday’? a day set aside to push back the consumerism and give rather than receive in the true spirit of Christmas,
Here are some of the organizations that would gladly receive your Christmas gift, one that brings life and light and love to all:
  • First Aid Arts Benefitting women rescued from sex slave trafficking, Seattle area
  • The Lulu Tree Non profit serving women in Africa
  • ViBella Jewelry Supporting women coming out of poverty in Haiti
  • MarySong Beauty more than skin-deep, supporting women in recovery in New Orleans, LA

3 thoughts on “Ad Vent

  1. I love this poem, too–for its alliteration, yes, but also for the creative way you contrast the worthlessness of here-on-earth happiness compared to the only Gift we'll ever need. Beautiful and heart-touching, Jody!


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