Shush, the hour is late and it’s time for bed.
I’ll tuck you in, plant a kiss on your head.
Once again, you protest, and beg to wait,
to see the old man in the big red coat,
but settle for cookies left with a note.
Down the stairs I creep, gifts at the ready,
but then I stop, someone’s here already.
In shock and confusion, I hesitate.
Smiling, he brushes the crumbs from his beard,
winks at me, and then he has disappeared.
The gifts, the eaten cookies, the drank milk?
All of these years, have I really been wrong?
Were the children in the right all along?
A clue on the floor? A shred of red silk…
The Twelve Sonnets of Christmas
Day # 12
This form is a poet’s delight as firstly it uses couplets. These are always a favourite with poets, and then it uses a link for those who like the use of refrains or French poetry.
Its creator Bruce Henderson, sets up the situation using two Quintains, the centre lines linking stanzas. This gives a rhyme scheme of:
a. a. b. c. c. …. d. d. b. e. e.
The final quatrain which contains the closure or counter statement gives a choice of linking, and using couplets an envelope. The forms creator chose an envelope form as the closure:
f. g. g. f.
Day # 1 – The Christmas Season
Day # 2 – A Chance Under the Misteltoe
Day # 3 – Christmas Alone
Day # 4 – The Forbidden Toy
Day # 5 – A Mother’s Christmas
Day # 6 – The Occasional Invasion
Day # 7 – The Seasonal Trend
Day # 8 – The Nutcracker
Day # 9 – Naughty or Nice
Day # 10 – Something more
Day # 11 – The Nativity