[thebigjewel] The Santa Claus Poems - December 7, 2005

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Welcome to The Big Jewel, where it turns out St. Nick was no saint. Our
good friend Ernst Albrecht has the goods on the jolly old bugger, who
surely deserves a lump of coal in his own stocking for his treatment of a
promising young poet:

"The Santa Claus Poems"

By Ernst Albrecht

A man goes far to find out what he is. Sometimes, at the end of his
rainbow (or the end of his rope), he sees only a friendly stranger
shrouded in multiple layers of yellow cellophane, someone who wants to
groom wire-haired schnauzers for free, someone who calls late at night
asking for Gary or Bernard. I'm referring, of course, to the life of
Arnold Benjamin, poet and hemophiliac. Born in the furrow of a cornfield,
he had a simple, grief-stricken childhood. Even so, he grew like a weed
until by the age of 12 he was 27-years-old...

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