From My Lips To Santa's Ears
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* Dedicated to my friend and (talented) fellow poet, TAAI TEKAI - a true "islander", (which I someday hope to be ... again). *
'Twas the night before Christmas, and ...
Reclining my hammock, very still
(Far too lax to persuade its swing)
I contemplate my Mai Tai's chill
And what I'll plead dear Santa bring ...
My hut, provisioned with all I need
Near enough, the white sand beach
A Tahitian wife - ravishing, indeed
An outdoor fridge within my reach ...
Big white towel, (perchance it rains)
iPhone charged and up-link fine
Fridge well-stocked to numb my pains
A seafood glut on which to dine ...
My greatest need, I have to say ...
A NUDGE ... to make my hammock sway!
I must confess I've not been good
I did not send my cards this year
Declined to wassail, (like I should)
My rosy cheeks - quite tan, I fear
The palm tree never got its trim
Tahitian choir was short a Bass
My snowman efforts, pretty slim
And cookie baking, WAY off-pace
I have no place to hang a sock
Haven't wrapped a package yet
No burning need to watch a clock
Or rush the Tahitian sun to set
You see ...
When first I saw that sun, I felt ...
My state-side Christmas spirit ... melt!
I know I've come up short this season
Not a perfect Christmas paradigm
And while I've not a decent reason
Perhaps he'll grant my wish this time
I try to trouble not, the breezes
Fill the ice cube trays when bare
Bless my wife whene'er she sneezes
Watch her tend the prickly pear ...
And while its meager stuff to most
A swinging hammock's bliss to me
So I don't wind up Tahitian toast
But rocking sweet, perspiration-free
While a nudge may seem a trivial thing ...
What Christmas joy ... a sway can bring!
~ 1st Place ~ in the "From Your Lips To Santa's Ears" Poetry Contest, Phillip Garcia, Judge & Sponsor.
~ 5th Place ~ in the "The Night Before" Poetry Contest, Joseph May, Judge & Sponsor.
Copyright © Gregory R Barden | Year Posted 2017
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