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Twas the Night before
a 'Chronicle Christmas'
by Maricia Mlynek


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Twas the night before a Chronicle Christmas,

when all through the house

not a computer was stirring, not even the mouse.

The articles were hung by the waxer with care,

in hopes that St. Newton soon would be there.


The reporters were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of deer stories danced in their heads.

And Helen in her ’kerchief, and Bill in his cap,

had just settled their brains for a long winter’s nap.


The town’s festive lights under new-fallen snow

gave the luster of mid-day to objects below.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

Christmas was coming, it was finally here.


And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

down the chimney the Chronicle staff came with a bound.


Lisa and Linda dressed in fur from head to foot,

And Bill all tarnished with ashes and soot.

A bundle of papers they had flung on their back,

Robin looked like a peddler, just opening her pack.


They spoke not a word, but went straight to work,

while Penny filled the stockings, the customers began to lurk.

And laying a finger on the keyboard with woes,

and giving a nod, up the chimney they rose!


Into St. Newton’s sleigh, which has been broken as of late,

went the Chronicle staff because December 24 was the date.

But I heard them exclaim, ’ere they drove out of sight,

“A Chronicle Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”


(We express our thanks to Maricia

and our apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)


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