Three Snake Skins

English: Santa Claus with a little girl Espera...
English: Santa Claus with a little girl Esperanto: Patro Kristnasko kaj malgranda knabino Suomi: Joulupukki ja pieni tyttö (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Three Snake Skins


I counted my presents under the tree


I had been generous but only to me


It was Christmas Eve and the night was deep


My eyelids grew heavy and I fell asleep.




In a dream I couldn’t believe my eyes


The world was in for a surprise


Christmas would be different this year


The sleigh wouldn’t be pulled by deer.




I needed to be good for goodness sakes


For Santa’s sleigh was pulled by snakes


Diamondbacks, boas, asps, and kings,


Flying through the air without any wings.




Down the rooftop they’d slide until they flopped


Slithering and wiggling, down the chimney they dropped!


One snake per child who had ever been bad,


Two snakes for mom and three for dear dad.




The snakes gathered to map out a plan


Something bizarre, something evil and grand.


People with possessions who didn’t share


Were bitten by serpents that didn’t care.




There was a list and it was checked twice


To determine who had been naughty or nice.


There weren’t many households left alone


For greed had turned many hearts to stone.




I awoke from my dream all drenched and wet


I had many memories I wished to forget


The beggar on the corner I couldn’t look in the eye


The family in my neighborhood I simply passed by.




There were incidents my conscience couldn’t ignore


This dream had touched me clear to the core


I vowed to give clothes and food to those in need


And to be more generous in word and deed.




Under my Christmas tree there were no presents to myself


But I cleared a space for gifts to others on a shelf


This year I was greedy but I’ll be prepared next year


Santa will be generous and my conscience will be clear.




I heard bells jingle as the sleigh took flight


And I knew that this would be a normal night


Eight tiny reindeer were pulling the sleigh


And Rudolph was in front leading the way.




I know this was just one of many dreams


You might think I made it worse than it seems


But I’ve changed my heart and I’m starting again


For under my bed I found three snake skins.
















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