(with apologies to Clement C. Moore)
‘Twas the weekend before Christmas and all through the town,
the cars were a-going both uptown and down.
Frowny faces were evident all over the place,
as folks idled in traffic, and looked for a space.
Gamely I set out to go to the store
to buy basic foodstuffs and some goodies galore.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
but a break in the traffic that put me in the clear!
On Donnie Ray! To the big parking lot!
Oh wow, I managed to get a good spot!
Right by the front door; how did I do it?
Perhaps Christmas magic had somehow just hit?
I pulled out my list that had been checked twice
to insure that I didn’t overlook even one spice.
Thank goodness for cell phones, to ask when in doubt;
I hope that I don’t have to run right back out!
More rapid than eagles, I drove back to our place
with a car full of stuff and a big smile on my face!
My eyes, how they twinkled! My dimples, how merry!
(Do I even have dimples? I am thinking… not very)
I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work
And filled all the cupboards; then turned with a jerk.
After laying a finger aside of my nose,
I jumped into bed for a little repose.
A short winter’s nap was just the right touch
on this day of driving around way too much.
I sprang from my bed to finish up my list
So I could make sure there was nothing I missed.
Here is a Christmas wish from me to you:
May all of your chores be magically through!
And (before 2007 goes out of sight…)
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
(pewperson will return January 5, 2008)