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‘Tis the Day After Christmas
Janice Canerdy


‘Tis the day after Christmas; the house is a mess.
When they'll restore order is anyone’s guess!
Stockings and bags are knee-deep near the tree.
This family’s sluggish and tired as can be.
They're still full of turkey, bread, ham, and three pies,
and veggies . . . Mom will use her skills to disguise
what's left. She’ll transform it and serve it for days!
Great pot pies, meat salads, and soups--all will praise.
The kids come alive and enjoy their new toys,
grab for the remote, play the Wii, and make noise.
Dad slips to the den to his favorite chair
for a short winter’s nap—then sees Mom standing there.
"It's your turn for dishes and laundry,” she states.
A big pile of invoices for us awaits.
We'll pay them online. Now is no time to doze.”
Up from the recliner poor pooped Dad arose.

© by Janice Canerdy.
Used here with the author's permission.


Janice Canerdy is a retired high-school English teacher from Potts Camp, Mississippi. A poet since childhood, her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, contest journals, and poetry magazines over the years. Janice is the author of two books: Expressions of Faith (Christian Faith Publishers, 2016, now out of print) and From Serious to Slapstick--Poems, Like Life (Doctors Dream Publishing, 2024). A former president of the Mississippi Poetry Society, she is honored to have been named their Poet of the Year.

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Posted 12/27/2018 02:18 PM
Lori Levy:
Love the humor in this poem.
Posted 12/26/2018 06:40 PM
True enough!
Posted 12/26/2018 04:48 PM
This is great!!!
Posted 12/26/2018 09:45 AM
I love rhyming couplets.
Posted 12/26/2018 08:33 AM
michael escoubas:
Janice, you've got me laughing out loud! I'm forwarding to my wife who will agree 100%. Thank you!
Posted 12/26/2018 07:41 AM

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