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The Littlest Elf

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The Littlest Elf

Time was running out, Christmas Eve was drawing nigh!
The elves had worked day and night since early in July!
To meet Santa's toy-making schedule, there must be no slack,
To ensure there were plenty of goodies for Santa's toy sack!

Elfie was a mischievous but a hard-working little sprite.
He was the littlest elf of all, alas, this added to his plight!
It seemed that the harder he worked and try as he might,
The hapless little fellow just couldn't do anything right!

For instance, he put Jills in boxes meant for Jacks-In-The-Box,
And placed chirping chickadees in all the fancy cuckoo clocks!
As he daydreamed he painted the fire trucks aquamarine,
And put wheels and wings on every toy submarine!

Talking dollies counted cadence, "Hup, two, three, four!"
Toy soldiers cried, "I want my mama!" as they marched to war!
He placed Lincoln Logs in boxes labled Tinker Toys.
Oh!  What a Christmas 'twould be for little girls and boys!

Santa mused, "It seems that every job I put him on he mars,
So I'll put him to work pulling levers making Christmas Stars!"
He did so well that Santa asked, "Won't you come along with me,
And place a brilliant Star atop every child's Christmas Tree?"

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 1/16/2013 11:32:00 PM
    Oh I love this Robert since I am scotch/Irish & Norwegian ;} it's going in my favorites ;},,, have a blessed day Bob;}

  1. Date: 12/17/2012 4:21:00 PM
    Robert what a great imagination you have ,creative and funny too. The line , 'Toy soldiers cried 'I want my mama'. Made me smile . Your Blackberry poem had me looking for the one I wrote about my Grandma. It's called A Great Lady. Merry Christmas to you and yours. hugs Anne

  1. Date: 12/10/2012 11:43:00 AM
    YAAAHHH! Way to go Santa... Very enjoyable read... And perfect for the season!

  1. Date: 12/9/2012 8:09:00 AM
    love this, Bob. Hope you're both well and having a great weekend : )

  1. Date: 12/9/2012 4:37:00 AM
    Hi Robert absoulutely wonderful as usual brilliant my friend made me smile, thanks for that, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 12/8/2012 7:42:00 PM
    This is a cute story and hope you have grand kids to read it too. love phyl

  1. Date: 12/8/2012 3:34:00 PM
    Chief!! What a fun and clever write this is---but no surprise coming from you--Merry Christmas Sgt! Just watched White Christmas last night for the 100th time---sappy and silly but IT"S CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

  1. Date: 12/8/2012 7:43:00 AM
    So sweet. So littlest Elf has a new job. Yeyy. Enjoyed, Bob. Love ya. Have a fun weekend :)

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 11:06:00 PM
    this is very cute. Could be a children's story book! You like questionku? you should do a bunch of them, Robert.

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 10:53:00 PM
    Hi Bob, This is such a great poem, love the little elves. Thank you also for reading my writes, appreciate that. I was in USAF from '65 to '69, Andrews and Hickam, made it to Ssgt. Like you, would do it again if I could. Rollo

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 9:26:00 PM
    Hello Bob H... love the x-mass poem... and the working elves ... good ol' x-mass tree topper... nice images...pd...

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 8:47:00 PM
    This is a wonderful and stupendous write my friend! You have delighted me to no end with this perfect Christmas story here Bob! I really enjoyed reading this pleasant and intriguing poem this evening! You have painted a beautiful picture with this fascinating write of yours! What a powerful tale of an hapless little elf...and finally finding his true calling! Great Work!!

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 8:04:00 PM
    Very nice story Robert, I hope you have grand children to read these great holiday stories too, interesting write, xxx Rose