Not Even a Mouse

The first line of each haiku-form stanza is taken from “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore.

Not even a mouse
seemed to be stirring that night,
but the cockroaches…
All snug in their beds
with not even a rustle—
weary boys and girls.
All snug in their beds,
the children danced through the night—
at least in their heads.
A long winter’s nap
without a spasm of regret—
do I ask too much?
The stockings were hung
above the warm, spacious hearth—
seven in a row.
Eight tiny reindeer—
a Christmas Eve enigma,
prancing on my roof.
Little old driver,
you clench a pipe in your teeth,
puff-puffing away.
Tarnished with ashes,
St. Nick burst from the chimney
and set right to work.
A bundle of toys—
rare and beautiful playthings
to light children’s eyes.
Right jolly old elf,
do not hurl yourself at me,
even jestingly.
Down of a thistle,
why are you so insistent
when your end is near?
I heard him exclaim
that the rapid-transit game
was done till next year.

© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 88
More The Poetry Pantry #129


Posted on December 23, 2012, in The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. A lovely bundle of Christmas (except for the cockroaches, of course)

  2. Really like the familiar yet new mixture and especially agree with the long winter’s nap.


  3. And, I hope he went home to put his feet up for a well earned rest 🙂

  4. “A bundle of toys—
    rare and beautiful playthings
    to light children’s eyes.”

    And this is why I don’t like Christmas. This just simply isn’t true. The light is rarely there. I think we all had more light in our eyes when we didn’t revolve around things.

  5. This is a delightfully playful read. At our house, the dogs’ stockings are already filled and their eyes are all lit up, as they know Treats are coming their way soon:)

  6. I enjoyed this with its humor. I like a light approach to the season. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  7. What a funny twist on the holiday classic.

  8. This is wonderul. You have really got me in the Christmas spirit. In fact, I can almost see Santa…ho ho ho. Nicely wordled, plus thanks for sharing with Poetry Pantry.

  9. Amazing how we both did the Christmas thing. I like your haiku with the story lines. Makes for lots of fun.

  10. I enjoyed reading each Christmas piece, like ornaments on a tree! Merry Christmas!

  11. Another true delight! thank-you.

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