Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland are gone
So are Santa Claus and the Land of Oz
And all of my boyhood dreams.
Just watched Rudolph again
The adults were all complicit in destroying
That young bright queer Reindeer’s dreams.
Donner was a narcissist, Comet a grown bully
Rudolph had to leave and grow up on his own in a hurry
As a boy, the island of Misfit Toys seemed a dream
At least there, if you were odd
No one thought it obscene.
Snow had to be forced into the South for belief in Santa Claus
One more metaphor
It takes a miracle for some to be kind.
I can no longer wait for miracles
My childhood is long past
What are you all waiting for?
Santa lives in us all
As long as love can last
Why is kindness so very hard
Is love really past?