"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, December 24, 2012

A Christmas Eve Poem

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, 
people were itching and it wasn't a louse. 
(ewwww.......pin worms)

The stockings were thrown in the laundry without care, 
because the children knew I would have to clean them from there. 

The children were bickering and whining too, 
so instead of baking cookies, they got lots of cleaning to do,

While visions of solo vacations danced in my head, 
the dog threw up, right next to my bed. 

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter;  I banged my knee trying to see 
what was the matter. 

When, what to my wondering eyes did appear,  the garbage tipped over and 
made a huge smear.

Then in a twinkling, I heard a loud gurgle and flush, 
and hoped with the plunger that I would have the magic touch.

Then I whistled and shouted and called them by name:
Now Isabella, now Anastasia, now Catherine too, 
hurry up and go find your shoe. 

On Francesca, on Victoria, my sweet little dears, 
take a nap now while I stick cotton in my ears. 

I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work, 
tossing the presents into garbage bags 
with a jerk.

And then I exclaimed as I examined my plight, 
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"


  1. We got pin worms once. (If your kids have them you should strongly consider taking medication yourself, :-) ,) I had a great time walking around whistling "the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out...) Merry Christmas to you all!

  2. Thank you for blogging and sharing your lovely family with the world.

    I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and that you get a rest at some point in the festivities!

  3. I love your poem! You have a true gift for poetry :)


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