Never Mind the Old Man - by Doodleslice
Your weekly dose of fresh poetry #121
We all know that your Christmas goal
Is to avoid that lump of coal
Acting on your best behavior
Just to win the old man’s favor
Well dear children time to rejoice!
No need to use your indoor voice
Forget the old and tired fable
Put your elbows on the table
Go ahead stand up on a chair
Even pull on your sibling’s hair
Be sassy and be back-talking
It won’t harm your Christmas stocking
Why? Because Santa’s lost his list
Now how’s that for a plot twist?
He can’t track who’s naughty or nice
So here is my yuletide advice:
When you’re ready to deck the hall
Change the game, have yourself a ball
Don’t use plain holly like a dud
Decorate with some Christmas mud
Then finger-paint with green and red
On the sofa or on your bed
Make a fuss even start a fight
This will not be a silent night
If you’ve got a cat or a dog
Let them bathe in some fresh egg nog
And don’t forget to floss your teeth
With some tinsel plucked from the wreath
And lest you feel guilt or remorse
Just remember this in due course
There’s no need to fuss, fret or faint
Because you see old Nick’s a saint
Without his list to be his guide
His Christmas spirit’s on your side
You’ll reap benefits of the doubt
When he’s doling the presents out
Still, naughty you might be branded
If Santa finds you red-handed
So this Christmas some mischief make
But wash your hands for goodness sake!
This week we have a special guest delivering the poem. A man known as Doodleslice. I got to know him because we both like to publish our poems as digital collectibles on the blockchain. Yep, you can call them NFTs if you wish. Anyway, Doodleslice is first and foremost a kind and generous soul. He shares his work and empowers you to share it with your friends. He is an artist and poet, but also refers to himself as an imperfectionist. He offered to share his poem with you, and because today is the day before the day before Xmas, I was delighted to share this with you all. As I’ve mentioned before, I want to open up the lead section of this newsletter to other poets once a month. To shine a light on the talent that is out there. And if you become a paid subscriber when I open that option, you can help pick the poets that we invite on stage here.
Now the main question is: will you be naughty or nice, or both?
Have a delightful Christmas if you’re celebrating that.
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