Please cite all poem references: “Excerpt from ‘Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain’ by Barbara Vance.” Thank you!

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

I know that the holiday season
Is your busiest time of the year,
So I’ve made up a list to assist you
With the hope that it’s perfectly clear:

One princess ballerina doll (the one with curly hair),
A pair of skates, a pogo stick, one fuzzy teddy bear;
A pink snow cap with matching gloves, a puppy in a box,
A stocking with my favorite sweets, a brand new set of blocks;
I want another china doll (I dropped the one I had;
I tried to make her better, but the injury was bad).
A set of drums, a big doll house, a new bell for my bike,
The sweater that my best friend has (so we can look alike);
A great big pack of bubble gum (I chew it every day),
A radio, a telescope, a massive wad of clay.
I’d like to have a wallet (with money would be nice),
And also a machine that makes big snow cones out of ice.
Some pink fur boots, and paper dolls, and board games stacked sky high,
A jump rope and a hula-hoop, a kite that I can fly;
The fastest sled in all the world, a bouncy ball or two,
A big notepad, and glitter pens, some scissors, tape, and glue;
I want a chocolate-colored horse that I can ride to school,
I also think that I’d enjoy a brand new swimming pool;
Puzzles, ribbons for my hair, a journal with a lock,
Picture books, a painting set, my very own pet rock;
A snow globe that plays music when you wind it up real tight,
A soft stuffed moose that I can hold when I get scared at night;
A new swing set and curly slide would just be so much fun,
A checkers board, and dresses, and stickers by the ton.
I think I’ve covered everything, that’s all that I can list –
Feel free to just surprise me if you think of things I’ve missed.

~ Barbara Vance

Excerpt from the poetry collection “Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain”

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