Please cite all poem references: “Excerpt from ‘Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain’ by Barbara Vance.” Thank you!
“Joy! Peace to one and all!”
And ’round the tree you danced with glee
Till from your hair did fall
A ribbon of the deepest red—
A Christmas red, we both averred—
And so we plucked it from the snow
And gave it to a passing bird.
“Oh, thank you! Thank you!” she replied;
“A garland for my nest,
To say today’s a special day—
One different from the rest.”
Away she flew, the crimson trim
Rippling ’round her feet,
And wove it so that all could see
Her décor from the street.
A very Merry Christmas to
All birds with snowy berth
Whose voices ring in caroling
Of peace to men on Earth!
Excerpt from the poetry collection “Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain”