“Only five santas” by Sue Coulson

The day was rather grey when santa
met santa in the middle of a vast white wilderness.
“It has taken me some time to get here.” said
santa to santa, “The journey has been long, with
much stumbling, grumbling and losing of the way.”
“But the point is” sang a bird who perched on the
hand of the very first santa, “You are here now so
just enjoy your moment.” “Yes” said a santa,
“Let’s make the most of it before we take up our sacks
of worldly goods and head off again.” Just then
up puffed another santa looking very red in the face.
“I am late,” he said, “You are not late.” chirped the bird
“You can only ever arrive when the time is right, and
what is more you can only go as fast as the one in front.
So let us celebrate. And they celebrated in style.

As daylight began to fade the visibility
became opaque. The wind changed direction
and a blizzard blew in from the north.
“Time to say goodbye,” said the santas to one
and another. “Time for each of us to set off alone
into the wild er ness.” So they parted to continue
on their separate ways around the universe.
“Bye bye” cheeped the bird, as they disappeared
into the whiteness until only the very faintest
glimpse of the last santa was visible.
Then through the gathering storm came a sound
of the very sweetest of songs as the little bird
sang out his heart wishing peace for the world….

Tread Lightly

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About Rebecca Gethin

Rebecca Gethin is a poet and a novelist. Cinnamon Press published her third collection, All the Time in the World in 2017. Another pamphlet is forthcoming with Three Drops Press. Her second novel, What the horses heard, was published by Cinnamon Press in May 2014. Her second poetry collection - A Handful of Water - was published by Cinnamon in 2013. Her first - River is the Plural of Rain - was published by Oversteps Books in 2009. Her novel Liar Dice won the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award in 2010 and was published in 2011. She lives on Dartmoor and writes occasional pieces about wildlife and nature. Her poems appear in a variety of poetry magazines and in several anthologies.
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2 Responses to “Only five santas” by Sue Coulson

  1. Thank you Becky, What a wonderful poem and lovely visual and even sound effects. i can hear the bird launching into song.

    Merry Christmas and all the best for your New Year endeavours.

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