Poetry Friday: ‘Twas the Eve of X-Mass–WIP


Michelle Kogan Reindeer-

One of Saint Nick’s well Reindeer, watercolor and watercolor pencil.

Happy Poetry Friday! I believe my poem for this week was heavily influenced by the very bad sinus infection I’ve had. The poem is a WIP, a take on “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Hope you enjoy it. I didn’t have time or energy for a sketch this week, though I’d like to do something eventually–so I’ve included an illustration from a greeting card of mine. Happy Winter Solstice, and Merry Christmas to all those celebrating! 


‘Twas the eve of X-mass and on every pathway,
All the creatures were ready to help save the day!
The news of Saint Nick, being sick moved fast and far,
A plan for help hatched quick, by Cardie Red the Rock Star.
“X-mass must occur kids count down to this one day!”
But the reindeer got sick too, now who’ll pull the sleigh?
Red sent a song code and ‘cross the wide world it flew,
All the critters cross the lands joined in to help out,
The deer flew in from Greenland, and more from about.
Ma Clause came and helped train the new reindeer crew,
They all practiced till all their noses turned blue.
Bears big and small helped loading all onto the sleigh,
And Red Cardie with crew sang out, thanks and Hooray!
“But who’ll drive? Who will drive?” Chirped Red, “Who’ll take the reigns?
One small oversight can’t dash our new grand campaigns.
So they thought, and they thought, and they thought, a bit more …
And their very loud thoughts woke up Able ape’s snore.

To be continued …

© 2017 Michelle Kogan


Here’s a bit from the original poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” 

BY Clement Moore

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
Read the rest of the poem at the Poetry Foundation.
My apologies to all whose blogs I didn’t make it to last weekend, and comments–though I hope to catch up on those. I’m looking forward to being well and visiting more this week.. For this weeks Poetry Friday Round up stop by Buffy’s Blog, thanks for hosting Buffy, and for shining some more light around our small planet!


About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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26 Responses to Poetry Friday: ‘Twas the Eve of X-Mass–WIP

  1. ldk says:

    You are a talented artist! I love your illustration and I look forward to reading the rest of your poem to see how the story ends! Happy holidays!

  2. Love your reindeer! And a fun tale you’ve started. Hope you feel better soon, and enjoy your holidays.

  3. Love the reindeer! And have fun with your tale. A box of kleenex for a sleigh and your imagination knows no bounds.

  4. Oh, how fun! I’m sorry you’ve been down with bad sinuses. Bah humbug to that! Your reindeer is beautiful and there is a spring in the step of your WIP. Can’t wait to see the rest soon! For now, rest, rest and enjoy some holiday down time.

  5. lindabaie says:

    Able Ape! will save the day, I hope! I wrote a version of this for my class one year, and love the start of your adventure, Michelle. Hope you’re better soon. I have a cold, yikes, and am wishing it away! Merry Christmas!

  6. Oh no, there are few things worse than being sick at the holidays, though it must be particularly bad if you’re old St. Nick! Hope you’re on the mend!

  7. Tabatha says:

    Sorry you’ve been sick…herbal steams can be wonderful for sinus issues. If you ever want to talk about herbal medicine (teas, steams, and whatnot) for illnesses like that, hit me up! “A Visit from St. Nicholas” is irresistible, isn’t it? Hope you have fun finishing your WIP.

  8. mbhmaine says:

    I’m so sorry you’ve been sick and hope you’re on the mend. I love your reindeer card–he has such personality! — and also your WIP. Can’t wait to read the rest of it. Happy holidays!

  9. I do hope you’re feeling better! You have such a gift with a pen and paintbrush. I like your twist on this holiday classic!

  10. Your reindeer is both friendly and formidable, Michelle–I do hope your sinus infection has improved now so you can continue your wild take on the traditional story…

  11. maryleehahn says:

    I love that all the critters answered the call to help out! (Now all the humans need to answer the call to help the critters!!)

  12. Oh no, I hope you feel better soon–maybe Cardie will come to your rescue as well!

  13. I hope you are feeling better at this point, Michelle! I do believe it is Cardie Red who my Kindergarten ornithologists are obsessed with. I’ve written about him this week in my post! Happy New Year!

  14. I love the perspective on your beautiful reindeer! Happy New Year, Michelle!

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