- December 2010
T’was the night before Christmas and what can I say?
My kids had been hopeful all through the day.
Then finally, to bed, muttering “Santa don’t care!”
Their hopes for a puppy drowned in despair.
Thoughts of “no pets” danced through their heads
As they slept with just toys. Alone in their beds.
No puppy, no kitten, not even a cat
To comfort their hearts for this long winter’s nap.
Then out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
That I sprang from my bed to see to the matter.
We ran to the window and drew back the drape
And in shock we all stared at a marvelous shape!
For there was a vision on sparkling snow,
An angel from heaven and t’was then we did know
That Santa was coming with reindeer and more,
Bringing pets for our family and courage galore!
No more would we worry ‘bout license or tag
For the angel was holding an American flag!
Then Santa appeared and there on his back
A puppy and kitten wriggled out of the sack.
With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head
He let us all know we had nothing to dread.
“Bad laws are just made to weigh down my sleigh
So remember this night and cast them away.”
“I’ve Prancer and Dancer and dozens more pets
So gather your courage and have no regrets.
The gift that I bring you is knowing your Rights
So Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.”
When next we looked back the angel was gone
But the shimmer remained; it covered our home.
We treasured those pets for all of their years
And thanked old Saint Nick for dissolving our fears.
The kids grew up strong and fought for our rights,
My daughter’s in Congress but my son set his sights
On filling the (White) House with four legged
So it’s The Night
Before Christmas and that’s where it ends…