Poetry of Kansas

Instructing Kitty On
Christmas Eve.

Listen, Kitty, while I tell you
    'Bout old Santa Claus.
Stop your purring, lie real quiet,
    Fold your frisky paws.
Are you ready? Well, in Greenland
    Where it's always cold,
Santa has a big toy garden
    Full as it will hold
Of doll-trees and doll-clothes bushes,
    Little cradle vines,
Thimble plants and needle grasses,
    Ribbon elms and pines;
Little wash tubs on the willows,
    Little wringers too,
Little stoves and little dishes,
    Doll-beds white and blue.
Everywhere there's lots of candy,
    Even on the ground;
Candy rats and mice and rabbits
    Running all around.
When its Christmas Eve Old Santa
    With his deer and sled
Brings us lots and lots of presents
    After we're in bed.
But tonight he's coming early,___
    O the things he'll bring!
Listen! You can hear his sleighbells

__Harry Edward Mills.


Select Sunflowers
Harry Edward Mills
(Fort Scott: Sunflower Press. 1901)
Pages 44-45

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