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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: It’s Christmas Day (in the present or living memory) (11/27/08)

TITLE: Rest Ye Merry -- with a North Pole tilt
By Beth LaBuff
12/02/08


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In a distant icy hinterland,
Frost crystals form the winterland
Of an alabaster polar hemisphere.
A village on this planet-top,
Where elves and Santa have a shop
And toys are manufactured all the year.

Except, that is, on Christmas day
When elves and Santa park his sleigh,
A respite from their toy delivery quest.
Tomorrow they may make again
The dolls that talk, the tops that spin,
But on December 25th they rest.

Around the hour of two o’clock
From near and far they run, they walk,
Assembled on the frozen village square.
Tidings of comfort joyfully ring.
Hearts melt within, they gladly sing.
Their voices drift upon the glacial air.

While Santa feeds the reindeer snacks,
Good Rudolph and the elves relax,
No cares or burdens hound them on this day.
The merry from their labor rest.
The elves and Santa, warmly dressed
This frozen polar northland holiday.

Then Mrs. Claus takes Santa home,
Off to their frozen igloo dome.
It's time for Santa's bubble bath, and quiet.
Then late night snacks, the fruitcake
Washed down with eggnog milkshake.
Tomorrow starts his new year ...and his diet!


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Dianne Janak12/05/08
Loved this.. artfully done, great imagery and humor. I may just have to get a tree today!
Sharon Kane12/05/08
A fun entry! 'Alabaster polar hemisphere' - very evocative. The last line made me laugh. Being British I initially tried singing it to 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' before realising that was not what the title alluded to! Whoops!
Sharlyn Guthrie12/07/08
Hehe...Santa deserves a bubble bath on Christmas Day! How cute and fun and well written.
Karlene Jacobsen 12/09/08
I had fun reading this.
Teresa Lee Rainey12/10/08
Really, really great fun reading this. Love the playful rhythm. :)
Catrina Bradley 12/10/08
I like the unique format of this poem, and picturing Santa in a bubble bath made me giggle. Very nice poetic tale of Christmas Day at the North Pole. And a creative idea!!