This is my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill’s annual holiday writing contest. Cross your fingers for me!
’Twas the Stomach Flu Before Christmas
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Every creature was puking, yes, even a mouse.
The stockings we’d hung by the chimney with care,
We used now to wipe all the sweat from our hair.
The children leaned over the sides of their beds,
While hot dogs and sugar-plums gushed from their heads.
And mamma with her ‘kerchief, and I with my cap,
Had just wiped our mouths and were trying to nap.
When out in the street there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed and slipped right in the splatter.
I crawled to the window, head bruised from a gash,
Tore open the curtains and threw up with a splash.
My vomit upon all the new-fallen snow
Looked just like a painting by artist Van Gogh.
When, what to my feverish eyes should appear,
But an old fashioned sleigh and eight flying reindeer.
And though I was feeling so dreadfully sick,
I knew through the nausea it must be St Nick.
With twisting and loop de loops, nearer they came,
It made me all woozy- I retched, feeling lame!
And then- oh, the pounding!- I heard on the roof
The thumping and banging of each noisy hoof.
As I drew in my head, vision spinning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.
He took one look around, and he called for his elf,
And he gagged when he smelled me, in spite of himself!
A wink of his eye and the elves zoomed ahead,
They mopped up the mess and they made every bed.
They kissed all the kids, and when done with their work,
Our stomachs stopped churning, the room ceased to jerk.
Our home smelled as sweet as a newly picked rose!
St. Nick breathed a sigh, and uncovered his nose.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his elves gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, they shot off like a missile.
But before he was gone, I called out with my might,
“Happy Christmas to all, now we’ll have a good night!”
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