No Room for Them in the (Holiday) Inn

Russian icon, Birth of Christ

Christmas Day

Here’s one of my father’s poems, perhaps inspired by the Jean Luc Godard film Hail Mary, which updates the nativity story in a similar way. Merry Christmas to you all from Better Living through Beowulf.

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By Scott Bates

They came in on Interstate 93
Past a dozen signs of
NO VACANCY

And finally stopped at the Holiday Inn
Where she stayed in the car while he went in

And was politely given the information
They unfortunately had made no advance reservation

And although it was regrettable considering her condition
They were all booked up and in any case had no resident physician

 

So it was at Cohen’s Garage that it came about
With Cohen and his night man helping out

And some workers from the factory across the street
Bringing in beer and something to eat

And finding the babe wrapped in a tarpaulin
And lying in a station wagon

Between a pickup truck and a Dodge V-8
And staying all night to celebrate

 


So all in all it was quite a night
And she was relieved that everything went all right

And thought to herself that it could have been worse
And welcomed him into the universe

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6 Comments

  1. Barbara
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas, Robin!

  2. Sue
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    What fun! Have a glorious day.

  3. Phil
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I love it! Right up there with ‘The Fable of the Third Christmas Camel’ :-)

  4. Ed Camp
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Another “hit.” Right on point! Happy New Year!
    Ed

  5. Linda Stewart
    Posted December 31, 2012 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

  6. Robin Bates
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Linda and Ed. I feel privileged being able to share my father’s poetry with the world.

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