Friday, October 30, 2015

Seasonal Disorientation

I was dumbfounded
when I went shopping today.
I went looking for costumes
but found Christmas displays.

I combed the aisles
for ghosts and ghouls,
instead all I found
were Christmas jewels.

I searched for pumpkins,
but found lighted trees,
festive ornaments
instead of bulk candy.

What month is it -
October, right?
Then why is Santa
giving me a fright?

Stores seem confused
by the calendar dates.
If you're buying for Halloween,
it's already too late.

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Linda B said...

Yup, you've got it right! Christmas is upon us, and Thanksgiving has a wee part on the aisles. That second verse is terrific! Happy Halloween, Bridget!

Tabatha said...

Great title! And I particularly like the last two lines.
You're right, of course, but the funny thing is that even with all this early notification, Christmas still seems to be here before I know it! How is that possible? Must be special relativity at work.

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

So true, Bridget. When I lived in Australia, it always disturbed me that Christmas decorations came out in October, but I figured it was because they don't celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving. Miranda still hasn't gotten her Halloween costume, and I'm afraid she'll have no choice but to go as a Christmas tree!

Donna Smith said...

Do. Not.
Or right back at ya
You'll see Cupid's wink!

Donna Smith said...

Poor kids! When a week is a lifetime to them, we grownups in search of "extended play" - or make that "extended pay" make it an eternity, getting their engines going for something light years away to them.

Unknown said...

So true! Thanks for your poetic commentary! God bless you.

Buffy Silverman said...

Ha--your seasonal disorientation made me laugh. One has to wonder, though...certainly there are plenty of us last-minute procrastinators about.

Bridget Magee said...

Happy Halloween to you too, Linda! Yes, Thanksgiving is all but glossed over. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Tabatha! Relativity is always reeking havoc in my life - another example. lol =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Michelle! I think it would be unnerving to celebrate Christmas in summer, too, as they do in Australia. My sister lives in Perth and she BBQ's her Christmas dinner sometimes. And BTW, if Miranda went as a Christmas tree it would be hilarious! =)

Bridget Magee said...

Great poem, Donna, can't even think about Cupid - scary! True, kids concept of time and anticipation of holidays gets skewed from retail companies. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you! Blessing to you, too. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Buffy! Yes, there is always something for the last minute shoppers, but I think the selection is limited. I like Michelle's idea to just go as a Christmas tree. =)

Mary Lee said...

I did have to snort at Michelle's idea to dress as a Christmas tree for Halloween...but at the same time, the marketing that starts so early just makes me fume! I want to shake them (whoever "them" is) and say, "It's not working for me!! You are turning me OFF instead of making me buy more!"

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Mary Lee! I agree with you, "their" marketing doesn't work on me either - I run the other way. =) said...

So true. I love that you finish on too late. That could be a 'there's scary consequences' too late ooooo.

Liz Steinglass said...

I love the idea of Santa giving you a fright!

author amok said...

You speak the truth, lord help us. Remember when we used to get upset about stores decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving?!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Catherine! Yes, it is scary that the day BEFORE Halloween is already too late! =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Liz! Santa is a scary guy - just ask most 0-3 years in the mall. lol =)

Bridget Magee said...

I know, Laura, it keeps getting earlier and earlier with every holiday. Unfortunately we seem to be pawns in the retailers game. Ugh. =)

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