Love, friendship, understanding.
It's time to put you back in the cupboard
With the rest of the decorations.
Farewell international peace
We'll get you out again in time for next twenty fourth
So we can play at Christianity for twelve days
Why can't we practise Christmas
Goodwill all year, 1 wonder?
Oh well, goodbye.
Hello hate, war and ill will,
You're back I see
And you've brought your chums
international disruption and envy.
Hello New Year,
Written, aged 15, on Twelfth Night, 1969 at the height of the Vietnam war