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The Other Side of Christmas

(To the tune of Jingle Bells, inspired by John Heck's 'Crazy Christmas Carols' contest)

Dashing down the aisles
goes everyone today,
yelling at the other folks
to get out of their way.
Cash registers ring
as the parents fight
over the last perfect toy
to make their season bright.


Shopping malls, shopping malls
strike my heart with fear
noisy crowds do overtake
this festive time of year, oh
Shopping malls, shopping malls
where kindness disappears - 
what happened to goodwill toward man
and spreading Christmas cheer?

I ducked behind a rack
and prayed it would subside,
dreaming of the freshest air
and open space outside.
The parents slowly left
with clothes and toys they'd bought
and everything but Christmas cheer - 
I guess they just forgot.


Shopping malls, shopping malls
the worst that it can get:
high prices, chaos, hostile crowds - 
I wish I could forget, oh
Shopping malls, shopping malls,
I'm left but with regret - 
next year I'll do my shopping
on the good old Internet!

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  1. Date: 12/28/2008 1:55:00 PM
    LOL! I usually don't comment on poems entered into one of my contests but...this one did make me smile from ear to ear...and - do I agree with your last two lines? Betcha ARSE I do! LOL! Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy & Blessed New Year! Peace always, John

  1. Date: 12/21/2008 9:03:00 AM
    I new this was a winner the first time I read it. Congratulations on your win, Tracy. lainie

  1. Date: 12/20/2008 8:11:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in John's contest, and have a happy holiday! ~Juliane

  1. Date: 12/18/2008 11:30:00 PM
    Congrats on your success in John's contest.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 12/18/2008 3:24:00 PM
    Tracy this poem is just too funny - Congrats on placing in johns contest - merry Christmas & God Bless

  1. Date: 12/18/2008 2:50:00 PM
    YAY Tracy! Congratulations on your win - one of my favorites for sure! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 12/18/2008 1:44:00 PM
    Congrats on your place in Johns contest. I got a huge kick out of this! Just hilarious. Love Chrsitie

  1. Date: 12/18/2008 1:38:00 PM
    Congratulations, Tracy, on placing in John's crazy contest!! This was so "real" just like some of my shopping trips lately!! So cute, and well deserved to be among the funny winners ! Great job!~ Carrie

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 4:20:00 AM
    lol.....This is priceless, Tracy and ohhhhhhhhh so true. Warmest wishes to you and yours this Holiday Season. Lainie

  1. Date: 12/16/2008 5:52:00 PM
    Muahahahahahaha! This is too good! Sang it in my head and LMAO. A winner for sure! Good luck and happy holidays! Stay away from those malls! : ) Love, Shar