The Wednesday Poets began when the Barton Public Library received a grant from the Vermont Council of the Humanities providing free copies of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, an anthology by Billie Collins. Following an initial three sessions the group decided to keep writing together as long into autumn as they could and to begin again each following summer. Since the autumn of 2018, the group meets through the winter months as well.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Joanne answers Santa's call
Good girl Joanne Giannino, who thought
Santa wanted poems about Christmas books.
The night before Yuletide we car rumble home
singing the drunk lady’s 12-days-of-Christmas song
with the radio blaring, our tummies full, and our jammies just right,
we settle in for that longest winter night
Just me, my beloved, and our two little boys
Cuddling close for our favorite tale
Interpreted by Hallmark’s best popup book still
Gift from Aunt Lena we await with delight
For the ten little reindeer, the jolly old elf
the tradition the same year after year
drive to see family then roll on back home
tuck in for the night and enjoy the solstice yarn.
Santa, pleased as punch
Until last year, I couldn’t find that old book
So I scanned the magic web and found it on Ebay
With the price ranging from hundreds to mere tens
Made my bid, kept checking and finally won: a new copy!
The only flaw a ripped ribbon in its French door hard cover
But voila, with tape and glue and new trimming procured
A nearly new book to share with all, this in time for this year
Our tiny grandbaby, now two, her parents, our friends, and you!
With a wish for a Merry Christmas - from the friendly old saint
and to all a good night - from his sleigh, he goes up, up, and away,
With a shout, with a song, with sleigh bells a clanging