Poetry: Twas the Week Before Christmas by Stephanie Ayers

Poetry: Twas the Week Before Christmas by Stephanie Ayers
December 19, 2015 2 Comments Featured Poetry and Shorts, For Authors Stephanie Ayers

Today, I’m sharing a twist I wrote on the old “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” My daughter is older now, but her younger sibling is just starting these things, so it still has a ring of truth to it. Besides, it’s a funny and totally appropriate poem for the holiday. Without further ado, I bring you “Twas the Week Before Christmas.”

Twas the Week Before Christmas

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house

The children were rumbling and tumbling about.

One by one they were duct taped to the chimney with care

With high hopes that Santa has some patience to share.

Daddy out cabbing, and I with some wine

Had just settled down with a good story line

When out from the hallway there arose such a muck

I ran up the stairs and it was just my luck

When what to my bewildered eyes I find

My daughter simply going out of her mind.

One by one, the presents she shook

Her eyes slanting and staring and giving a look

With glistening presents lying here and there

She shrieked “Where is mine? It isn’t fair!

All these gifts under the Christmas tree,

Tell me, why, oh why, isn’t there one for me?”

Her eyes how they crinkled, her lips such a pout

A tantrum was coming, oh yes, no doubt.

The whole house shook as she screamed out my name

My joints, how they popped and crackled in pain

I wrestled down that preteenage angst

So much like a toddler with ants in her pants

“Relax my dear child,” I say with concern

“You’ve still got time from the naughty to nice list to turn.

Be nice to your brother and stop screaming at me

And you might just get that Playstation 3!”

Her shock she swallowed in cheer-filled delight

As she muttered softly to herself, “I’m tired, goodnight.”

As to her bed like a racecar she flies

I opened my window and let out a cry

With all of my might, I gave a great shout of good cheer

“Merry Christmas to all and a very Happy New Year!”


Stephanie Ayers A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
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    Adan Ramie

    As the parent of one child with an autism spectrum disorder and another with ADHD, I can definitely understand the house-shaking tantrums — and the exhausted, thankful joy when they’re finally over. A cute take on a classic, Stephanie.

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      Stephanie Ayers

      Yes, my daughter, whom I wrote this about, has ADHD. We also just discovered she is on the spectrum also (which explains A LOT of things). When I wrote this a few years ago, it was true to life. LOL.


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