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The glossy pages
proclaim paltry purchases
as life savers for my overrun soul.
I’m run over as 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?

This war of words promises joy and happiness
are but a wallet-full away. Enough greenbacks and                                                                                                                  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 gleam, no honest light
but that in the Stable under the Star–
far, far away–heralding His coming,
harking me home. No neon needed                                                                                                                                            to find the path, simply waiting and watching
for His 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

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3 thoughts on “Ad Vent


    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!

  2. Jody Lee Collins

    Thanks, Jennifer. I do love alliteration….perhaps it is my 'signature' in my poems; it just seems to keep pouring out. Glad you liked it!

  3. Jennifer Wagner

    You are really rocking the alliteration lately, lady! This piece is one of my favorites of yours.


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