Buying Myself Gifts for Xmas

Buying Myself Gifts for Xmas


I don’t need them, but what am I supposed to do, turn myself down?

Maybe I should call them birthday gifts. 

A new denim shirt (pre-faded) to replace an old one I never liked much

That never faded.

A new sail rigger jacket like my favorite jacket I bought on sale for $30,

Is on sale again, so I bought another one, this one in bright yellow. 

A gray sweatshirt cut into a baseball jacket style instead of a hoodie.

I could be dead before I wear any of them.

Burial clothes.  I am surrounded by stuff.

Too much stuff.  OK, I’ll make myself a deal,

I’ll accept the gifts from myself if I agree to throw somethings away.

No problem.  There’s those gifts from last year and seasons’ past, many

I’ve never worn, now have a new purpose. 


Alan Ray Simmons


Alan Ray Simmons was born in Chicago on December 21, 1948.  He attended Northeastern Illinois University, in Chicago, and won two Illinois Arts Council Awards as editor of Stone Wind Magazine, Northeastern Illinois University Press.  Poet-In-Residence, City of Chicago Council on Fine Arts, 1979-80.  Founder of the Blue Store Readings, Home of the Spoken Word Movement, and creator of the Main Event, the World Heavyweight Poetry Championship Fights, and The World Poetry Association, (WPA).  He was Commissioner of the WPA and the World Poetry Bout Association, (WPBA), Chicago, Taos, New Mexico, 1979 - 2002.  Once quoted on the front page of the New York Times.  He has two books, Care Free, poems, Smithereens Press, Bolinas, California, 1982, and King Blue, a memoir, Stone Wind Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1992.  He has been published in The Chicago Reader, Strong Coffee, Exquisite Corpse, and most recently in Queen City Review, Blue Collar Review, WORK, Out of Our, Horus-Hi Road Glyphics, Green Panda Anthologies The Next, Forage, Your Impossible Voice, Creating Chaos, Echo Literary Review, Peacock Review, Placeholder Magazine, Blue River Review, and Ariel Chart.  He lives in Alameda, California.  Follow him at

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