Three Snake Skins
I counted my presents under the tree
I had been generous but only to me
It was Christmas Eve and the night was deep
My eyelids grew heavy and I fell asleep.
In a dream I couldn’t believe my eyes
The world was in for a surprise
Christmas would be different this year
The sleigh wouldn’t be pulled by deer.
I needed to be good for goodness sakes
Diamondbacks, boas, asps, and kings,
Flying through the air without any wings.
Down the rooftop they’d slide until they flopped
Slithering and wiggling, down the chimney they dropped!
One snake per child who had ever been bad,
Two snakes for mom and three for dear dad.
The snakes gathered to map out a plan
Something bizarre, something evil and grand.
People with possessions who didn’t share
Were bitten by serpents that didn’t care.
There was a list and it was checked twice
To determine who had been naughty or nice.
There weren’t many households left alone
For greed had turned many hearts to stone.
I awoke from my dream all drenched and wet
I had many memories I wished to forget
The beggar on the corner I couldn’t look in the eye
The family in my neighborhood I simply passed by.
There were incidents my conscience couldn’t ignore
This dream had touched me clear to the core
I vowed to give clothes and food to those in need
And to be more generous in word and deed.
Under my Christmas tree there were no presents to myself
But I cleared a space for gifts to others on a shelf
This year I was greedy but I’ll be prepared next year
Santa will be generous and my conscience will be clear.
I heard bells jingle as the sleigh took flight
And I knew that this would be a normal night
Eight tiny reindeer were pulling the sleigh
And Rudolph was in front leading the way.
I know this was just one of many dreams
You might think I made it worse than it seems
But I’ve changed my heart and I’m starting again
For under my bed I found three snake skins.
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