Twas the night before Christmas
Throughout the city,
not a creature was stirring
All was still and quaint
well, except at Emily’s house.
Emily was my neighbor,
I know not how true her tale is,
but she swears it unfolded right before her.
Emily was cycling on the open road,
She was feeling optimistic, it was infrequent
Christmas was in two days.
Running errands for her mum
She paddled her bike
whilst humming the first noel
and watched the sun play hide and seek
earphones in, noise out.
Out of nowhere,
Emily hit the brakes a second too late
and the bike was destabilized
which left her tumbling on the snowy path
She hobbled to the morass
despite her sprained ankle,
to find the cause of her downfall.
Her frown melted away
at the sight of a Dachshund
behind the grass.
She played with it
and hobbled right back home
leaving her bike behind.
Her mum gasped at the sight of her daughter.
“Dear God, did you have to duel for the paprika?”
“Nevermind my ruffled sweater mama, I found me a furry creeter.”
You should return it,” mama said
“But mama, Dr. Jeremy says I need a friend”
so her mum gave in.
Emily made a wish
and cuddled her puppy
til’ sleep took her away.
when her lids came apart,
she was drowning in sweat
similar to the night terrors
Dr. Jeremy urges her to subdue
She clutched her bosom
and searched even the nooks
to find her dog
but instead, she found
the Christmas tree had fallen
the gifts, smoldered with fire.
littered on the floor were ornaments,
and mama’s chicken pot pie.
A horrid, vile dragon rested peacefully
Her marble eyes lit up,
“my Christmas wish has come true.”