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What Did You Get

By ten A. M. the presents had all been opened and breakfast had been served, But there was still one more tradition of the holiday that needed to be observed. Every kid on the block had to meet outside to see what gifts each one got. Did they get the bike that they had wanted did they get the mechanized robot? What’d ya git? Was the question asked while trying just to see, Did they each find their heart’s desire underneath their Christmas tree? Tamera got an Easy Bake oven for Tony a basketball, Tina got a baby doll that cries But listen that’s not all. Matt got a GI Joe with a Jeep and lots of army stuff, Then he got an entire Hot Wheels set and that should be enough. But then he got a chemistry set and a radio that runs by transistor, And that’s not even counting the loot that Santa brought to his older sister. Why is it that Santa would bring so much to the rich kids on the block? Evidently the redistribution of wealth was an ideology in which Santa took little stock. Then we all had to go back inside our homes because the grandparents were on their way, But we had already broken the GI Joe And set his Jeep on fire anyway.
After I read this one I thought that it sounded kind of mean. The names and cases here in this poem are factual. It was Matt's idea to blow up his GI Joe and set fire to his Jeep not ours. Ah, rich kids.

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  1. Date: 12/22/2011 10:16:00 AM
    Tony you captured the reality for most children about Christmas sadly it is about the toys and not about the religious meaning of the day. Another wonderful poem I am reading today from you. .

  1. Date: 12/18/2011 10:05:00 AM
    and did you get what you wanted from santa ( star wars?)... riveting, crisp write, tony!..) huggs

  1. Date: 12/18/2011 12:50:00 AM
    I enjoyed your poem and the notes on it, Tony! yeah, I've always felt that Santa was a capitalist who didn't care too much about the poor!

  1. Date: 12/17/2011 4:51:00 PM
    You just pointed at something I`ve been wondering about for ages,Tony..I think Santas`paycheck has a bonus if he deliveres more and nicer presents to rich kids on the Awesome write

  1. Date: 12/17/2011 3:09:00 PM
    Excellent poem Tony so much truth, but also as usual a little fun at the end. We know you blew it up Tony no use pretending it was RICH Matt! XX Lizzie

  1. Date: 12/17/2011 1:10:00 PM
    I know what you mean. It's hard for kids to understand that when you are poor you don't get much from Santa which doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Good job here my friend. I love a poem with a message and this has a good one. God Bless and Merry Christmas, JB

  1. Date: 12/17/2011 11:07:00 AM
    Very cool poke at Santa bringing the best gifts to rich kids. I was happy with a pogo stick. I'm sure my parents were not happy after I received the chemistry set though. I was making some awful smelling stuff -- in the garage, to where I was banished with the chemistry set. Your point comes across loud and clear, but the humor is outstanding once more. Love this poem, my friend. Merry Christmas, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/17/2011 8:44:00 AM
    Nice poem with great rhyming Tony.Enjoyed reading it.Thanks for your kind comments at my pages.