Christmas Dog

One of my favorite Christmas poems from one of my favorite poets…


by Shel Silverstein

Tonight’s my first night as a watchdog,
And here it is Christmas Eve.

The children are sleepin’ all cozy upstairs,

While I’m guardin’ the stockin’s and tree.
What’s that now–footsteps on the rooftop?

Could it be a cat or a mouse?

Who’s this down the chimney?

A thief with a beard–

And a big sack for robbin’ the house?
I’m barkin’ I’m growlin’ I’m bittin’ his butt.

He howls and jumps back in his sleigh.

I scare his strange horses, they leap in the air.

I’ve frightened the whole bunch away.
Now the house is all peaceful and quiet again,

The stockin’s are safe as can be.

Won’t the kiddies be glad when they wake up tomorrow

And see how I’ve guarded the tree.

2 thoughts on “Christmas Dog

  1. Rosemary, you are making my Christmas, what with your poems and Christmas reviews and Norad Santa tracking! I’m sending the Norad Santa tracking to everyone in my family – it is so cool to see where he is around the world while we wait out here in Hawaii! I’m keeping it up on my website. Mahalo and Mele Kalikimaka!


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