Telling Lies at Christmas

Mark asked, “What’s your name?”

My son looked at him with a sparkle in his eye,

This was going to be a fun game,

George. If you ask me again,

I’ll tell you the same,”

My son was smiling and having some fun,

I couldn’t see how that would hurt anyone,

But Bill took exception and looked Richard in the eye,

“You’re going to hell for telling a lie,”

I was shocked at Bill’s words for they were so strong,

Did he really believe that teasing was so wrong?

Bill turned to Mark and quickly said,

“I think you’d better head on to bed,

It’s Christmas Eve, did you forget the date?

Santa won’t come if you’re up too late!”

“I’m sorry, dad, Mark whispered (because he truly believed).

Santa was still coming, Mark was so relieved,

Fantasy was one thing, and truth was another,

Bill’s perception of lies was between one and the other,

Despite Bill’s protests I left in a huff,

Friend or no friend, I’d heard enough,

On the way home I explained to my son,

“Our words should not be used to hurt someone,

Respecting others is one of our goals,

I don’t care if you believe in the North Pole,

A Christmas Fairy with a magic wand,

The Magic Kingdom or deer that can fly,

Is that all in fun or just telling lies,

Allowing others to dream and have some fun,

Why should we want to hurt anyone?

Santa is a fun story to tell to the young,

To see their eyes light up when stockings are hung,

When you were teasing I didn’t think there was harm,

Especially for Bill to shout an alarm,

I’ll be expecting Bill to apologize,

Unless he can prove that reindeer fly,

Otherwise he was the one telling a lie.”

6 thoughts on “Telling Lies at Christmas

  1. wow..

    smart piece…
    kids love magic,
    we can never rib the fun from them, they will learn when they become teens…

    Happy Thursday!
    Poetry awards posted, feel free to claim…

    1. Adults love magic too. But, unlike kids, adults fear magic and the fear is stronger than their love. Thanks for the awards.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  2. You have articulated something that has boiled me before…I have never thought about it in the same way but I’ve been rubbed wrong by people who have said hurtful things or done hateful things many times before. Just the other day my wife was wait out at the gas pump for me and this was a quiktrip with 20 or more pumps…A man in a big four wheel drive( showing out in front of his girl friend) honked rudely at my wife as he drove that truck right up to her bumper…He didn’t take something into account…me. Why it is that some people must try to ruin things, days, and times for others really puzzles me(… and soon after makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up straight). You are absolutely right in this…My mom used to play the same game with me as a kid…Only the reply was:” John Brown!ask me again and I’ll knock you down!” I’ll write more later!

    1. John Brown,………. and puddin n tame, ask me again …….. Actually telling lies poem was from an incident involving my brother-in-law and my son. I’ve mellowed quite a bit for in former days I was ready to fight–I didn’t start things, just finished them. Wasn’t really big but had fighting lessons on the Choctaw reservation. I’ve been lucky, never stabbed or shot, came close but an inch is as good…… parents were good shots but my mom was the best She didn’t like waste so she would shoot her target in the eye. Several stories about that. By the way, I’m glad you’re still around to tell about it also. This last week several things happened. My stepdaughter, husband, and two kids were sideswiped and their car rolled. Bruises and bumps but they all survived. Another story..a friend of mine and his friend were supposed to help me cut down some trees in the back. His friend got high on meth and attacked his own sister. There are those in his family that want to ignore and the other half want to eliminate the problem. People are crazy.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

    1. I can’t control the words or actions of anyone else but I can try to help others understand the confusion that exists between doing harm or encouraging and lifting others to a higher plane.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

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