This Christmas I’ll Give You My Heart

December 25, 2021

This Christmas I’ll Give You My Heart

Deep within my subconscious I’m painfully aware
That my Christmas is less “Jesus” and more Vanity Fair
Gifts under the Christmas tree to celebrate with all
Glazed ham, turkey, roast chicken as well as alcohol

My shopping lists not ticked off I head off to the store
I spot a dress I can’t resist though I don’t need more
Clad in rags and malnourished I hear a beggar cry
Ignoring him I make a choice once more to crucify

To make a fashion statement I rush to get this dress
Exclusively designed I know this outfit will impress
I overhear a woman talk about her recent loss
While passing by a Church I bow and look up at the Cross

I make a mental note to buy some jewellery and shoes
Accessories without which I may not make the news
A blind man trying to cross the street invokes the name of God
Rushed for time, I close my eyes, my whole existence flawed

55 going 56 Youth not on my side
Sagging skin and blemishes are what I hope to hide
My anti-aging wrinkle cream helps me to conceal
A superficial shallow me while in Church I kneel

Seated in the front pew my mind begins to drift
Suddenly I know and feel something inside me shift
I dream about St Peter and hear a rooster crow
And see the faces of the three whom I chose to ignore

Thrice denied, now “Petrified” I know that I have failed
I look up at the Crown of thorns and the body nailed
I think about the price he paid to take away my sin
While I “Iscariotted” like they did in Sanhedrin

I forgot that He’s the Reason – the reason for the Season
Instead I followed Caiaphas who wasn’t tried for treason
My Rolexed hand reminds me that I almost lost the plot
30 quids of silver and like Judas I was bought

My love affair with Prada which the devil loves to wear
I hope to replace quickly with sincere earnest prayer
Come what may, I’ll follow him with all my heart and soul
And ask for his forgiveness while his praises I’ll extol

I’ll reach out to the stranger and the prisoner in the cell
And not the escalator that will take me straight to hell
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have taught us how to cope
His story (history) - One of truth and love is resurrected hope



By Anita Britto
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Comment on this article

  • Santosh, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 30 2021


  • Joel Paul, Manchester, UK

    Thu, Dec 30 2021

    Dear Anita It's a beautiful poem ! Three verses stood out both from a spiritual point of view as well as from a literature point of view 1. Thrice denied, now “Petrified” I know that I have failed 2. While I “Iscariotted” like they did in Sanhedrin 3. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have taught us how to cope His story (history) Thank you for yet another reminder of the true meaning of Christmas

  • Lilian Britto, Bangalore

    Thu, Dec 30 2021

    Such a touching poem, Anita. God bless those who still remember the real meaning of Christmas.

  • Jyoti Raj, Auckland New Zealand

    Thu, Dec 30 2021

    Heart touching Anita.....the fallacy of commercialisation that has made us loose touch with humanity and we wander around in this jungle looking for happiness without sharing love and compassion with manking and everything that God has made.

  • Babu Rao ( Bobby ), Bangalore

    Thu, Dec 30 2021

    Very nice presentation of the reality in our lives and apt for the season. Look forward to more . Christmas greetings to you and your family and Best wishes for the New year.

  • Merchant Khurshid, Singapore

    Wed, Dec 29 2021

    The poem brings out the essence of your spirit Anita and it is unbelievably alluring and touches the heart. So proud of you. Cheers!!

  • Susan DSilva, Bangalore

    Wed, Dec 29 2021

    so spot on Anita. Loved it!

  • PITU, goa

    Tue, Dec 28 2021


  • Alan Aloysius, Mangalore/ Canada

    Sun, Dec 26 2021

    Dear Anita, Brilliant as usual, Merry Xmas to you and your Family.

  • Shirley, Bombay/Australia

    Sun, Dec 26 2021

    A thought provoking poem; thank you Anita

  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Sat, Dec 25 2021

    THANK YOU SO MUCH our dear Anita Britto for your Love and Respect for us all. May you be Blessed on this X MAS DAY - GOOD LUCK TO YOU !!!

  • Joe Britto, Nakre/Bangalore

    Sat, Dec 25 2021

    What an awesome Christmas Story by our Poetess Anita !

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