Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Santa's Boots Are Missing


Susanna Leonard Hill is hosting her 5th Annual Holiday Contest. Here is my entry for this year's contest. I originally wrote a version of this for my dance students.
 
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SANTA’S BOOTS ARE MISSING!
(199 words)




 
Santa searched around the Christmas tree

at the North Pole Lost and Found.

“Missing boots will be a problem

when I’m sledding town to town.”

 

The elves began to whisper

and what Santa didn’t know,

is that they hid his worn-out boots

under icy drifts of snow.

 
 

The soles had long been tattered.

The buckles both were torn.

“Try these,” the elves suggested,

“that Dancer’s never worn.”

 

 
“Tap shoes?” Santa snickered.

“Why these will never do.

You know what you have chosen

is by far the loudest shoe.”

 

“The parents all will hear me.

The children will awake.

The dogs will bark and howl.

This is clearly a mistake.”

 

Jolly Santa gave a chuckle

and shook his finger in the air,

“Christmas Eve is soon approaching.

You must find quieter pair.”

 
 

The elves arranged a meeting.

Dancer knew just what to do.

“There’s only one solution.

I will teach him the “Soft Shoe.”

 

Santa’s eyes began to glisten

as he danced across the snow.

“If I knew that tap was this much fun

I’d have done it years ago.”

 

 
The elves and reindeer gathered

as Santa shuffled to his sled,

the reindeer stood in silence

while Santa “hoofed” instead.

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Linda Bozzo has published more than 50 nonfiction books for the school and library market. For more information about Linda and her books, you can visit her web site.

Copyright 2015 Linda Bozzo
 

23 comments:

  1. Damn that's good! Best of luck. :-)

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    1. Thanks! It's the only thing I've written in rhyme.

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  2. I can just picture Santa doing the soft shoe. Thanks for the chuckle.

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    1. Me too! Although I can picture just about anyone in tap shoes.

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  3. Short, sweet, and fun! A very satisfying story.

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    1. I have so many variations of this. It started out as a simple poem.

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  4. Well done! I love the image of Santa tap dancing.

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  5. Excellent! Good story and fantastic rhyme! Well done.

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    1. Thanks. I don't typically write in rhyme but that's the way this one came to me.

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  6. Oh yeah, a tap dancing Santa. I'd love to see that!

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  7. Great story, love the hoofing, tap dancing Santa!

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  8. Loved that Santa received a present and learned a new trick too!

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    1. Thanks, Tracey. I love that he finds something new that he wouldn't have otherwise tried. Sometimes change is good!

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  9. Loved that Santa received a present and learned a new trick too!

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  10. Hahaha! What fun, Linda! I LOVE the idea of Santa in tap shoes... and learning to soft shoe :) Very creative! Happy Holidays and thanks so much for joining in the contest fun!

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  11. Tap dancing Santa. Ha! He can burn off the calories from all those gingerbread cookies and cocoa! So funny! Good luck.

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