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Below is the poem entitled CHRISTMAS WITH MOTHER-IN-LAW which was written by poet Suzette Richards. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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*It was thirty two Celsius in the shade
The grass had turned brown – every blade!
Children thankfully in the garden pool
The cat and dog finding a spot to cool

Mother-in-law making short shift of G & T’s
Her coiffed hair in a beehive tease
Sadly sagging together with her mood
Every five minutes: “Where is the food?”

“Mother, snow is on its way – I promise!”
The weather I can’t control – one would surmise
Skies clouded over and hailstones rained down
Her car was dented and now a permanent frown

We sat down to turkey and sage stuffing
In this heat, I did not fancy all the fluffing
Brandy Tarts replaced the Christmas pudding
Mother-in-law her tummy now a rubbing 

My food was obviously given the blame
The Crepe Suzette with brandy set aflame 
Her blonde hair set on fire – singed black
I don’t expect to see Mother-in-law soon back

*December is one of our hottest months. My mother-in-law hails from the UK and every Christmas we had to suffer her complaining about the weather...


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  1. Date: 12/21/2012 5:12:00 PM
    Congrats on the winners list. I rememer this one. You did a good job with your entry. I like how it describes a different kind of Xmas.

  1. Date: 12/21/2012 10:48:00 AM
    Congratulations on your HM Su love xx

  1. Date: 12/21/2012 4:46:00 AM
    Congratulations on your awesome win my dear friend, Su! This is very beautiful peom/story which I enjoyed reading this evening! Merry Christmas to you and your love ones! love/hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 12/20/2012 7:55:00 PM
    Yes, that would be quite the change. Congratulations on your placement. Love, joyce

  1. Date: 12/20/2012 6:48:00 PM
    Merry Christmas Suzette and congrats on your win in the contest

  1. Date: 12/16/2012 10:23:00 AM
    hahaha, you did yours realistically!! NICELY done for that contest. I got mine done in the nick of time as well.

  1. Date: 12/16/2012 2:56:00 AM
    an excellent composition Su .. a vibrant poem with grand scenes of imagery .. Dec. is a super cold month for us and I luv hot weather so I would be cozy .. thankxx so much for my win in Suzette Prime .. being guided by your amazing poetry helped me understand this new form .. it is an honor to be chosen Su ..

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 12/16/2012 3:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol.... This is based on a true story - one very "memorable" Christmas.
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 12/16/2012 3:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are welcome and it is a deserved win, Linda :-)