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Wednesday, December 28, 2005


by Karl Williams

In the rain just after a snow-white Christmas
Caught in mid-limp, Frosty and the Mrs.
Lean to one side, stick-arms doomed to droop.
Just days ago these happy-go-lucky dupes
Waved to a faceless friend above parked cars,
A flag stuck in his noggin for the war
That's nearer now the holidays are through:
If an enemy's evasive, kill another one in view.

During the 1970s Karl Williams worked with children with cognitive disabilities. His prose and poems have been published in magazines and books; songs from his five CDs have been aired on television and radio around the world. Williams' first play is now being made into a film.