'Twas the Day after Snow-fall and all through the block
Shovels were scraping 'Tween snow, ice and rock.
The cars were jammed full-long up driveways w/o care
As fears of Town Snow Plows, which soon might be there.
My children were huddled on chairs round their PC
with Visions of WarCraft (but not helping me)
An Momma with her paper and hot cup a Joe
Her face Emoting wordlessly “I’m Busy, Leave Me Alone”.
On with the snow boots, “$39.99 at Kohls”
A pair that fits funny with weird NIKE soles (?)
On with the gloves that are Thinsulate’s best
and the hat that gives liquor store stories some zest
Into the Garage, where there rose such a clatter
(Scrounging shovels and Blower, yeah, That’s what’s the matter)
I plug in the starter, when there rose such a Flash
Off to reset the breaker I ran with a Dash
Back out in the cold, the engine coughed and it sputtered,
it cursed and it hiccuped; it growled and it muttered.
It started to rev high with a promising whine.
It died in first snow bite. I grabbed a shovel and said ‘Fine.’
Repetive bending and scooping; there was shoveling galore,
A Demonic Billy Mays whispered “But Wait! There’s More…!”
Ahead lay the Mordor, the Black Beast of Faerun.
The snow and ice mountain: the plow-filled apron.
It stood and it stared as if daring a fight.
It stood on my property (as if it had the right).
I swung with my shovel in full berserker rage…!
I chopped at its body…well… as best I could gage.
I pictured past bosses; ones who called themselves ‘Coach’
I pictured that restaurant that served the plate with the roach
I saw the car jockey who dinged my wifes door,
And Friday’s cut-off car’s driver (that miserable whore)
I saw Sophomore roommates, who openly stole,
I saw friends of my parents who wrapped & gave coal.
I saw surcharges and mistakes on bills and on statements
And when I saw Hospital bills, sparks flew from the pavement!
I chopped and I hacked at that snow like a dream
And By God if it could, that Slush would have Screamed!
I cursed as I chopped, with words so profane,
They’re banned in full utterance from Texas to Maine!
And when I was done, all wet from my sweat,
Exhausted, used up, energy spent and in debt,
I listened to the cold as I leaned on my shovel.
And I remembered my blessings, my kids and my hovel.
I thought about people who have it worse than me.
The Grieving or those missing ones far overseas.
The injured, the jailed, those lost in the mob.
(I might not have Health Ins, but I still have a job)
And my kids and my wife, they love me don’t they?
Would I really have this misery ruin their day?
Would I have them tired and wet and so cold?
If I love them, I wouldn’t. And Love’s worth more than gold.
So I garaged those tools, and I went to the shed,
I put by the back door a flexible-flyer instead.
I went inside and I coffee-filled my cup.
I wrote this all down and spell-checked my mess up.
And if you should read this and not have any slush,
You can laugh at me, and my snow-cleaning brush.
But I’m hugging my kids. And I’m kissing my wife.
May you find yourself in such a Wonderful Life.