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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Itís Christmas Day (in the present or living memory) (11/27/08)

TITLE: Great Little Scheme
By Allison Egley
12/03/08


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'Twas the morning of Christmas and all through the house,
All the creatures were sleeping, including the mouse.
For they all were tired, just plain tuckered out,
From all the arrangements and running about.

They started in May and they worked straight through,
Not pausing to eat or to sleep, yes it's true!
But now the house settled; the floor boards stopped creaking,
The ants and the cockroaches even stopped peeping.

When what in one's sleep deprived mind should he dream
But a new plan for next year, a great little scheme.
This plan was brilliant, and even enlightened,
So even in sleep did his countenance brighten.

Why 'bots were the answer to all of the hassle,
With them at the helm, the plans would be facile.
He'd just let them loose, and then give them free reign,
To make all the presents, and save him some pain.

Oh sure he would guide them and give them instruction,
But manual labor would be their main function.
Yet quickly his sleep induced smile turned round,
Instead of rejoicing, he wore quite a frown.

Those 'bots were rebellious, demanding high wages!
The labor groups quickly igniting some rages.
"Health care," they insisted, "Our wee 'bots are growing,
"And money for college, we don't want them owing."

"If we work for you, you must meet our demands,
Or we will find work in some far greater land."
This dream was quite troubling, not very serene,
It put quite a damper on Christmas routine.

Then Santa awoke from his troubling dream,
And quickly dismissed this strange, newfangled scheme.
He checked on the elves, and they were still sleeping,
And then he decided the elves he was keeping.

They may be small, but their wages were easy,
He just gave them chocolate and things that were cheesy.
So Santa then realized the value of elves,
And he put his time saving plans on the shelves.

He woke up the elves and gave them all raises
For all their hard work with out many praises
Then Santa he said with a great big ol' sigh,
"This is the last time the elves I'll decry."


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Beth LaBuff 12/06/08
Santa's elves are taken for granted. This poem calls attention to their plight in a creative fun way. :) They really need a union. :) I loved this!
Betty Castleberry12/08/08
What would we do without elves? This is fun. Kudos.
Catrina Bradley 12/08/08
For some reason, I kept picturing "Terminator" - the bots rebelling and all. :) Very cute - a fun poem.
Leah Nichols 12/09/08
Very cute! Nice job with the meter and rhyme.
Jan Ackerson 12/09/08
This is adorable!
Pamela Kliewer12/09/08
What a fun read. :)
Karlene Jacobsen 12/09/08
THis was great! Thankless jobs of the elves receiving their due.