Poetry of Kansas

Dialogue___Santa's Left Us

(Spoken by Pearl and Ollie at the
age of nine).
Pearl___Say, Ollie, have you heard
        the news
Pertaining to Santa Claus, Christmas
        and shoes?
Last year our Santa was very unkind
He went shopping for Christmas, his
        wife left behind;
She got a divorce, you may laugh
        but it's true,
He's married that old woman that
        lives in her shoe.
And as for our presents I very much
That cunning old woman will get
        them this year.
Besides as if that was not quite hard
He's cornered the market on shoe
        leather stuff,
Goodby to eld Santa if true is the
Alas for our presents, alas for our
Ollie___I don't believe a word of that
        newspaper stuff,
All lies about Santa, I've heard quite
He never would wed her, she's
        wrinkled and yellow,
And Santa is pretty, a jolly good
He'd never be willing to live in a
With all of those children, I know it
        ain't true.
Old Santa is coming, I know he will
With dolls, tops and marbles, a fife
        and a drum.
He's coming, he's coming, my mama
        said so
And if he had left us my mama would
He's coming, he's coming, my mama
        said so
And bring me a great big dolly I

__Nettie Squire Sutton.

A Book of Poems
Nettie Squire Sutton
(Minneapolis, KS: Messenger Press. n.d.)
Pages 52-53

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