by Nancy Scott (sing to “The Christmas Song” melody)
Checkbooks roasting on an open fire.
Credit going up in flame.
Balance minimums are down to the wire.
Collection people know your name.
QVC and HSN are much too willing to
help you spend more than you make
and they’ll ship all your goodies to you
so everyone’s in on the take.
They know that you can’t help but buy
the clothes and jewelry and food and not ask why.
Appliances and lock and locks
you just can’t wait until you receive your next box.
And so I’m offering this simple tale
to warn you not to be in debt.
Make gifts or just buy them when they are on sale.
Happy giving. You bet.
Nancy Scott, Easton, PA, is a blind essayist and poet. Her over 600 bylines have appeared in magazines, literary journals, anthologies and newspapers, and as audio commentaries. An essayist and poet, she has published three chapbooks. She won First Prize in the 2009 International Onkyo Braille Essay Contest. Recent work appears in Breath and Shadow, Contemporary Haibun Online, and Stone Voices.