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'twas The Night Before X-Mas 2k
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TITLE (EDIT)
'twas The Night Before X-Mas 2k
DESCRIPTION
The real meaning of Christmas condensed into poetry form.
[371 words]
AUTHOR
Mason Cole
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mason Cole is an Oklahoma author, 17 years of age. He attends the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics in Oklahoma City. Mason's favorite authors are Ayn Rand, William Shakespeare, Homer, and Orson Scott Card. His dream is to recieve a Ph.D. in History and then teach, writing novels and short stories on the side.
[October 2000]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
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The Box (Short Stories) When two boys from the future cross wits with a man out of time, the world's future lies within...THE BOX. [5,497 words]
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The Greatest Of All (Poetry) A work of triumph about a personal hero of mine. [381 words]
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Thoughts From A Prison Camp (Poetry) A Jewish prisoner's thoughts after years under the cruel government of Adolf Hitler. [535 words]
To My Blooming Rose (Poetry) A short work of dedication to a very special someone. [113 words]
War Chess (Poetry) An allegorical look at the Civil War, espcially Lee and Grant. [548 words]
'twas The Night Before X-Mas 2k
Mason Cole

     ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and no one does care;
 The season’s true meaning has been lost somewhere,
 And no matter how hard you look, you just won’t find it
 In that box, or that box, or hiding behind it.
 The creatures are stirring around shopping malls,
 Dashing for presents through all of the halls;
 While children won’t sleep, from their beds will run quick
 Hoping to catch just a glimpse of Saint Nick.
 Then the big day arrives, filled with presents and yells;
 The revelers sing of a bobsled and bells;
 And then “Ma”s in their kerchiefs and “Pa”s in their caps
 Will crash after Christmas with ten-hour naps,
 Neglecting what small bit of lore does remain
 And leaving the churches to tell it again.
 That long ago night of which memories are dim,
 A blessing arrived in the town Bethlehem,
 And a bright shining star led the world to an inn
 Where there lay a small boy who’d forgive every sin.
 His story, however, gets stashed with the “Maybe”s
 In favor of Furbies and more Beanie Babies.
 On, racecars! On, Sega! On, Barbie and Ken!
 And all other toys that give children a grin.
 While people on backburners put Christ the Lord,
 You’ll be under trees if their folks can afford.
 As Santa gets boosts from commercialization,
 The latest hip fad will be sweeping the nation.
 Now Christmas is certainly lovely like this—
 With Rudolph and eggnog and mistletoe’s bliss—
 But it comes at the cost of forgetting (What gall!)
 The event without which Christmas can’t be at all,
 And the man whose name rests for the span of all time
 On a sweet holiday filled with spirit and rhyme.
 Keep gifts in perspective, and all will be right—
 Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
 
 [This poem, respectfully dedicated to Nicole Henry, came out of an idea I once had during a conversation with her. We were lamenting over how nobody ever talks about the real meaning of Christmas because of all the other traditions that have edged in through the years. I hope my work has aptly submitted my personal viewpoint that—to quote the traditional Christian saying—Jesus is the reason for the season.]

 

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"I really liked the poem. I'm a christian too. I like that someone else really put some thought about christmas cause not alot of people would." -- Nancy, South Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States.
"very nicely done. I like it a lot dude. Thanks!" -- Kevin Galloway, Oklahoma City , OKlahoma.
"I love your work, Mason. I don't know if you remember me, but we went to school together (you know me from being Allison's Roommate). I give you props for continuting to write and display what we all feel into words and beauty. Good work for you and I hope you get your PhD someday." -- Cathy McClain, Weatherford, OK, USA.

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