London Dada work 573; A Rubbish Christmas

This langishing, pointless nether time
betwixt Christmas and New Year

Like that forgotten little stretch of skin
between genitals and rear


A Rubbish Christmas

c. Michael St. Mark 2012

Social commentary Work on the uber materialistic, wasteful residue of the festive season along with the now almost complete divorce from its traditional Christian association. The image, depicting business suit and cashpoint exiting stage left, leaves the rubbish collection in its uncaring wake. Landfill sites across the nation get an extra big small fir tree and present / food packaging dump, post Boxing Day.
The sewers, needless to say, are taking a hammering from oil tanker volumes of human discharge after millions of marathon alcohol quaffing and dead bird & animal-devouring sessions.
The title hints at the miserable (rubbish) time endured by many single and elderly socially isolated people from Dec 24th through to New Year, when taking to bed for the week may well appear the prefered option.

The Dada refrain ” What is becoming of us?” rears up once again.

3 thoughts on “London Dada work 573; A Rubbish Christmas

  1. I like the irony of the fact that the litter picker man has to leave the bags in a heap for yet someone else to pick up—–talk about creating jobs!

    There must be many people nationwide who find Christmas a very lonely time, being alone all the time can’t be much fun but during the festive season it has to be particularly trying. The small Christmas tree among the rubbish smacks of either a lonesome time for somebody or a really miserly family who make only a token gesture towards festivity.

    A very thought provoking image this one!


  2. It’s a rather pitiful photo, isn’t it?
    We try and recycle anything we can but many people don’t. At least the Christmas trees are recycled now – though it’s a terrible waste of a tree in the first place. The one at the school was 12 feet high.


    • Good to hear there’s some sanity breaking out in the Xmas tree racket at least, Stan.
      If they were sold with roots intact they could be planted in the back garden post festivity and re-used for a few years at least… but I guess that would be way too sane a sales strategy ( not very profitable ).


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