The Days Before Christmas

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Once again is pleased to present Steve Fajen's annual holiday season poem. 

In the month before Christmas, all through the land,
We were scratching our heads to understand,
What had just happened just didn’t make sense,
We didn’t get Clinton -- we got Trump and Mike Pence!

We were all safely nestled around our TV,
Secure in the knowledge of what we would see.
We finished our dinner and had a night cap,
And got ready to settle for a long winter’s nap.

When on the screen there arose such a clatter,
It was easy to see something was the matter.
Wisconsin, Florida, Michigan, Penn,
Ohio, North Carolina -- unexpected then.

The sun had set on Hillary’s parade,
It was midnight for her, and not a charade.
Women, Hispanics and even blacks,
Voted less than expected. Some turned their backs.

On Hillary Clinton and Timothy Kane,
They weren’t Obama, they weren’t the same.
For the e-mails and secrets she paid a dear price,
Despite the fact that Trump wasn’t nice!

Build a wall! Kick them out! The Khans were trashed,
Then McCain and the judge were also bashed.
Miss Universe and Trump U and that dressing room,
The blurbs from the bus didn’t spell doom.

None of this mattered, most didn’t care.
They hated her more, and they didn’t share,
Their views with the pollsters, who were all dead wrong!
We use polls all the time. Are they that strong?

We survey everything, what we buy, what we watch,
What we read, what we hear, but is there a catch.
If we were wrong about Trump, are we right ‘bout TV?
How sure are we now?  How sure can we be?

So if this bothers you, where do you go?
What do you look for to go on with the show?
Well remember the Cubbies, it took them a while,
But after a century now they can smile!

Manning went out with a smile as well,
With a Super Bowl ring and that was swell.
The Olympics in Rio came off okay,
Despite the problems they faced every day.

Lebron back in Cleveland won them a ring,
But wait up I say, here is the thing!
Every good thing I cited was sports, not true life.
So should we retreat there from our daily strife?

Where else can we turn to be sure of such things?
Where can we win our Super Bowl rings?
Look at the calendar, it’s that time of year.
To smile and be happy, to be of good cheer!

Speak not a word, then carry some toys,
To give to the girls and give to the boys.
Donate to something, find some good cause,
Try to be good, to be Santa Claus!

Put a spring in your step, and a smile on your face.
A party of one with a helping of grace,
Can start a strong movement and make things okay,
Remember that New Year’s is just days away!

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