Dying for Christmas


The tree we cut
and carried
into our home

the one
we shackled

sang to

now lays
in the gutter

and tinsel
riffling on the wind


photo by: Matthew Drumright

7 Responses to Dying for Christmas

  1. Don says:

    Dude…where’s Herb?

  2. Fracked says:

    A poetic reality check.
    Well done and much needed.
    “…one thing we can do…”

  3. qazse says:

    Dude, I’m right here…

    Fracked, here is a 2008 post on the subject:


  4. toknowistodo says:

    please, take it to a goat farm and feed it to the goats; for that matter, let deer eat it; cut it up in big pieces and use as mulch instead of buying mulch at $5/bag;cut it up into small pieces and use as garden or perennial fertilizer; it is part of god’s handiwork,so take some time with the “finished product”. cut the complaining and spend time with the tree. return it back to the ground whence it came, and forget the gutter talk.

  5. qazse says:

    tok – I could not help but reflect on all the resources we put into these trees: the time, land, labor, fertilizer, pesticide, herbicide, shipping, selling, buying, decorating, stripping, tossing, and disposing. Over 100 million of these trees are harvested worldwide each year. It seems a waste.

    But if one does get a tree, I applaud your suggestions.

    I actually trimmed down this poem. Perhaps in doing so my position became less apparent. Here is the original:

    Dying for Christmas

    The tree we cut
    and carried
    into our home

    the one
    we shackled
    sang to
    and toasted

    (rip a suckling child
    from its mother)

    (put makeup on a statue)

    (be happy at a rape)

    now lays on
    its side


    with hooks
    and tinsel
    blowing in the wind

  6. toknowistodo says:

    i must not have had coffee yet in my previous reply. sorry about that. the original poem is insightful and talks about more than trees.
    i would imagine there are tree farmers who use less invasive techniques.

    for me, trees are just large floral arrangements, and when they have lived out their indoor usefulness, they should be encouraged to change form as quickly as possible.

  7. qazse says:

    no need to apologize… I invite the discourse.

    Here is a list of more sustainable Christmas tree farms:


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