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    To Santa Claus

    You don't need those
    trappings — sleigh and
    reindeer, red suit and boots,
    corpulence and ho-ho-ho,
    chimneys and fireplaces,
    tit-for-tat milk and cookies,
    bribery, more palatable as
    hospitality.

    You couldn’t care less about
    bad or good. Lumps of coal
    this year, gold nuggets the
    next, and vice-versa. And you
    need never explain yourself.

    You satisfy fancies and whims
    of young and old alike,
    filling an indefinable need
    inside the human brain,
    omitted from every holy text,
    a craving for both the material
    and the immaterial, so that they
    flourish seamlessly and sanely.

    You bring the essential hope
    of livable tomorrows to today’s
    children and yesterday’s,
    the parents and grandparents
    and all who are childless.
    Each in our own way, with
    different yearnings, we wait
    for your arrival, Santa.

    You’re for this world only, not
    the next. You neither answer
    prayers nor bestow eternal life.
    Though not a deity, you never
    die. We all believe in you, and
    no one ever outgrows you.
    You’re a necessity, Santa,
    creating life from dreams and
    dreaming from reality. No one
    but you can fill that unique role.

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    Wow, yes Virginia oops I mean Monica, there is a Santa. This is as brilliant as Rudolph’s nose. Thank you so much Ms. Mack!

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    • #3
      Would you mind if I shared Monica?

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      • #4
        Thanks so much for your kind words re "To Santa," Mr. Bobby Del Boy! Oh, and Merry Christmas, too! Monica

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        • #5
          Monica Mack this is one of my all time favorite poems here in the Zone. Would love permission to share. I read to my wife and daughters. For me it made me very emotional and touched my soul on its deepest level.

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          • #6
            Bobby Del Rey, of course you have permission to share. I've been puzzling over Santa Claus all my life: Just how and where and why does Santa fit into Christmas? It's usually in a kiddie-targeted and materialistic context. But it's much more. You have touched my own soul with your words -- my own nose is redder than Rudolph's! Thanks for your praise! Bless you! Monica

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            • #7
              Back at cha Monica. One of the prized highlights of my Christmas this year. All the best in 2018

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              • #8
                Thank you so much for the good wishes, Bobby Del Boy! I do appreciate -- and need -- them. And I hope 2018 will bring you and your dear ones many joys and blessings! MonIca

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                • #9
                  Wonderful reflection on the meaning of Santa. Top drawer, Monica Mack

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                  • #10
                    Ho, Ho, Hope! Yes, we all need the hope that Santa depicts. Just lovely Monica Mack

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                    • #11
                      Thank you, grant hayes, and thank you, mooneyblack! I deeply appreciate your praise for To Santa. I wish you much joy during 2018 -- Happy New Year! Monica

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