Christmas Elegy at the Mall

a red wagon and video games and a baby brother and another puppy (the one I have’s grown up and harder to carry) and snow on Christmas and the day after (so maybe we won’t have to go shopping) and a snow day tomorrow and a big TV that will fill up a wall in my room and Legos for Star Wars and Harry Potter and enough left over so I can make a Bat-Cave and a cell phone I can look at ‘cause I know my folks won’t let me use it and the part I want in the Christmas play and a tree that hits the ceiling (which is what my father usually gets) and lights on the tree and the paper-mache ornament I made to look like a pear (you know, from the song—and it sorta looks like a pear) and lights outside the house and around the window in my room so I can look at the lights at night and for my sister to be good (I’m already good) and lots of the cookies I like (the kind with icing and Red-Hots—you know, what I leave for you) and just one big candy cane for me and anybody else who wants one

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and—you know what, big guy, forget all that

just bring my mom home safe from the war

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