Whadaya Gonna Do This Christmas?

A Poem By Crystal Field 
Executive Director
Theater for the New City

Oh My Friends, ‘Tis the Christmas season
The Best time of the Year.
The Season of Good Fellowship
of Joy and Love and especially Good Cheer!
But this Xmas things look pretty Bleak
No Protection for the Homeless and the weak.
Kids Kidnapped from their Parents
put in cages, at the Border
The Blanket denial of Climate Change
A world Bequeathed to Sister, Son-Granddaughter
And so I say, to you, my Comrades, Friends and Lovers,
Whadaya Gonna Do This Christmas, as the world around
us, Hovers
On the Brink of Catastrophic Floods
and Earthquakes-Climate immigration
a Country divided-Filled with Hate
That’s coming Straight
from the very top of this
Our Home, Our Nation
A world where “The Few” Can Sit inside a plastic
While the Rest of us Die Younger
In a Topsy Turvy History, of Pain and Fear
and Trouble
Whadaya Gonna do This Christmas
That’s What I’m asking you
Whadaya Gonna do
Just Whadaya Gonna Do

Part II
I’m Gonna Call My Congressperson
Tell ‘em Get your Ass out of your Seat
And Scream and Roar
On the Senate Floor
Impeach! Impeach! Impeach!
And If I can hold my Pee, I’ll be Marchin,
in the Street
I’ll be Marchin
I’ll be Marchin
I’ll be Marchin in the Street
Remembering The little baby Born of a Homeless
Father and Mother
Refugees from Danger and Harm
Born in a Barn
with only Swaddling Clothes, and a stack of
Hay, for cover.
I’m gonna write my letters and sign online
And if I’m young and old but Strong, as I
walk along
I’ll be knocking on Doors,
on all the Floors
Tellin “It’s time”
Tellin “It’s time”
It’s time to fight ‘gainst poverty
It’s time to for a cry for Earth
This is the Time of Christmas and Love’s
And in the year to come
I’ll say “That’s what I did done”
That’s what I did for Christmas and the
whole of the New Year through
I did it for me
I did it for you
I did it for “Them”
‘Til we come to our Census
Stand up to be counted
Like joseph in Bethlehem
So Whadaya Gonna do This Christmas?
Come along with me
And before we snuggle up to our Radiator
Or on a Bear rug, by a fireplace we’re curled
We’ll say, we did it this Christmas
And Saved the world!