Friday, December 18, 2009

Things to Do If You Are a Bell...and More Poetry for Christmas

Here’s a poem from one of my unpublished poetry collections titled Things to Do—a manuscript that has received two rejections to date. I thought Things to Do If You Are a Bell would be an appropriate poem for posting on this Poetry Friday a week before Christmas.

Things to Do If You Are a Bell

Ride on a reindeer’s harness.
Tinkle in the icy air.
Jingle across milk-white snow.
Sing with a silver tongue.

Jack & Rudy

Season’s Greetings from Jack & Rudy
(Jack is my daughter’s yellow lab and Rudy is the cat she got last Christmas.)

Jack loves Christmas. Woof! Woof! Woof!
Rudy loves it too. Mew! Mew! Mew!
Can’t wait to get their presents—
Some biscuits and a bone,
Some catnip and a ball of yarn,
Some meat-scented cologne.
Jack and Rudy love their tree—
Its ornaments and lights,
The gold star at its tippy-top
Glistening and bright.

Woof! Woof! Woof!
Mew! Mew! Mew!!
They're sending season's greetings
To every one of you.
I will now interpret
What they REALLY want to say:

Have a tailwagging purrfect
Merry Christmas Day!

Click on the following links to read reviews of books of Christmas poetry and Christmas stories in verse from Wild Rose Reader and Blue Rose Girls:

Poetry Book Reviews: Under the Kissletoe & Hanukkah Haiku
Poetry for Christmas (A review of Aileen Fisher’s book Do Rabbits Have Christmas?
Christmas Books in Verse
More Poetry for Christmas
POETRY FRIDAY: Christmas Stories in Verse

At Political Verses this week--Stand for Christmas: A Song Parody & a Poem.
Susan Taylor Brown is doing the Poetry Friday Roundup this week.


Jules at 7-Imp said...

"Sing with a silver tongue." I like that.

Happy holidays!

jama said...

I think my husband would enjoy the meat-scented cologne!

*pats and strokes to Jack and Rudy*

Love these poems. I want to be a bell. :)

Tara said...

"meat-scented cologne" That would definitely drive my dog insane. Thanks for the chuckle. :)

Linda said...

"Sing with a silver tongue." I really like that line.
It's snowing here in Maryland and your bell poem seemed just right on a night like this.
Happy Holidays!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Jules, Jama, Tara, & Linda--

Thanks for stopping by--and for your comments.

Jack and Rudy are my only grandkids. I have fun playing with them when I visit my daughter. Jack is truly like Marley and Rudy is a sketch--and really affectionate. I love that picture of "my boys."

Happy Holidays to all!

I hope we don't get a ton of snow here in Massachusetts this weekend.

Kelly Polark said...

Merry Christmas to you!