Sinterklass in the Netherlands
Tonight, Sinterklaasvond
Stick a carrot in a shoe and leave it by the back door
The white bearded wonder has a universal skeleton key
Replacing the vegetable with presents and candy
He carries a tall staff
Aided by black faces
Dark from race or soot
Gifts in burlap bags
Brought to America
To suffer shame and greed and cartoons
Lost to movies and shopping malls
Flailing on rooftops with Norelco shavers
And lies told to children so they will behave
Milk and cookies
Gift receipts to aid in returns

© Poem Fix 2012

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