God, I did try again to transcend culture
this Thanksgiving–-by not doing it. I knew
it would be difficult with all the fare
FROM FRIENDS, FAMILY,
and well-wishers. Yet, I did intend to amend
myself by not remaining so controlled by
irrational programming of surroundings
AND MY UPBRINGING.
So by throwing out ritual and parade,
I’d have done it. Yes, I know, I KNOW, culture
functions as a foundation for clustering
based on our customized characteristics
–-our false instincts that distinguish us from them
and rests on dissimilarities seen in
OTHER PEOPLE WITH
their cultural characteristics. In our
world, the question has been colliding cultures,
which tend to be more the source of conflict than
Our cultural discrepancies often tend
to be nuanced at best, yet can still end in
disaster. Indeed, Lord, holidays seem to
BE THE BEST OF TIMES
to disallow the shards of Western cultured
dependence. I wanted to deny its grief
this Thanksgiving-–a small but first step–-by not
EATING THE PRESCRIBED
holiday foods, which should have been transcendence
enough for one year, yet it didn’t happen.
And though I have surrounded myself with ritual
humanity so, I did try transcending
Thanksgiving. But you know there’s pumpkin pie?
Still, I tried to better myself. So let me try
AGAIN ON CHRISTMAS.