Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Twas two nights before xmas and somewhere in my house,
Was a half written mermaid manuscript,
And a dusty computer mouse,

All my blogger friends waited by their computers with care,
In hopes that my comment soon would be there.
Their kind words and awards all accumulated in my head,
While my gratitude and appreciation still remained left unsaid.

So I slipped on my kerchief, and put the Riesling on tap,
Then booted up my computer instead of taking a much needed nap.
When there on my screen there appeared such a splatter,
Days of colorful comments made my guilty conscience grow fatter.

Away to my dashboard I clicked with a flash,
Scanned through the hundreds of posts and developed a stress rash,
Every update and contest deserved my full attention,
Then I discovered kissing scenes! There were too many to mention.

How? my wandering mind wondered with fear,
Could I ever leave comments for ALL the writer friends I hold dear?
More rapid than cheetahs the fond memories came,
As I sipped wine, pulled my hair out, and called them by name;

“Now Jessica! Now Jennifer! Now Jody, and Jade!
On Catherine! On Carolina! On Bethany and BJ!
To Diana! To Dominique! To Elaine and Ellie!
For Tabitha! For Tricia! For Karen and Kelly!
Hey Joanne! Hey Joyce! Hey Carol Anne and Aubrie!
Hi Georgina! Hi Mireyah! Hi Courtney and Corey!
Oh Lady Glamis! Oh Lotusgirl! Oh Rhiannon and Sara!
Now Mary! Now Marybeth! Now Tess and Tira!
On Shannon M! On Shannon O! On Frankie and Jessie!
To Glass Dragon, To Kristi! To Voidwalker and Vicky!
For Natalie M! For Natalie B! For Megan and Marie!
Hey Susan! Hey Stephanie! Hey Melissa and Patti!”

From the top of my head, to the top of my dashboard wall,
I knew there was no way to properly comment on them all,
So up to the “New Post” button I flew,
With a heart full of love and a big group thank you.

My eyes how they twinkled, my smile was so bright,
As I thought of all my writing pals, on this late holiday night,
You inspire, you entertain, you share, and you teach,
You help keep me and others going when the dream seems out of reach.

Thank you for every story, award, comment, and post,
I’m raising my wine glass for an internet toast.
May you all hear me exclaim as I sign off tonight,
Merry Christmas to all! And to all a good-write!


  1. OMG this was AMAZING! Karen, I just read this two times in a row, and I'm scrolling back up for a third! Merry Christmas to you also xoxoxo

  2. BRAVO!!! Seriously you are so talented, it's so unfair :)

    Happy holidays, Karen!

  3. A good-write is the best Christmas wish ever. I wish you the same. I'm all smiley and warm-fuzzy from that incredible post. Thanks!

  4. That was beyond incredible. I loved it!! I'm with Sara - it begs to be read multiple times. Wow. Wow. Wow. I love the "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a GOOD-WRITE!" Awesome. :-)

  5. If this doesn't get you an agent, I don't know what will. Seriously, that was awesome. You rock, lady!

  6. I'm not officially back on blogger but I am lurking. And I couldn't read this poem without leaving a comment. It is stunning, Karen! You are so talented! :) Thank you for mentioning me; you're a sweetheart. Have a magical Christmas. x

  7. Fabulous, Karen! You're a bright star. Keep shining into 2010 and let your dreams come alive. Much love. xx

  8. What a funny poem! Sometimes I feel that way too! All those blogs out there, and I want to read them all and comment as well. Sometimes I just fall behind.

    Anyways, I'm looking forward to reading your mermaid story when it's finished!!

  9. Right back at you! Love this post :) (Please share the Riesling!)

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday...and get back to those mermaids already!!!

  10. Great post! Very creative :o) Have a wonderful Christmas!

  11. Thanks darl'n! I read it three times and the smile just got bigger! You are so sweet!

    I look forward to learning more about that mermaid.... ;o)

    Happy Christmas!

  12. Loved it!!! I tried to do a poem about my family the other day and failed miserably. Have a great Christmas.

  13. You are awesome Karen! That was hilarious and sweet and SO clever.

  14. That is ADORABLE! Love it. Merry Christmas!

  15. I just read this two times in a row, and I'm scrolling back up for a third! Merry Christmas to you al
    Work from home India

  16. This is adorable! It definitely gave me a smile pre-cleaning and baking.

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for following my blog!

  17. What a clever post! Love the mermaid pic (where did you find it)? Happy Holidays!

  18. Love that! And what a great thing to see on my first visit to your blog. Delighted to cyber-meet you! May you have the merriest of holidays and the best of New Years.

  19. That was amazing :) I really smiled reading that and I must say that you are a great poet!!

    Merry Christmas to you back and a happy new year!

  20. I'm always amazed by people who can whip up a poem just like that! What a lovely message, and Merry Christmas!

  21. Hahaaa! Too funny and very smart. :-) How did you just write that up? Amazing. I hope you have an awesome Christmas!

  22. I could try all day and never be able to come up with a poem like that:) Have a very Merry Christmas!

  23. LOL Love it!! Awesome job!

    You've won an award over at my place, Karen! Merry Christmas!

  24. you already know I love it ;o)

    Sorry but I had to - you are tagged

  25. This has got to be the CUTEST THING EVER!!!!

  26. That was the cleverest thing ever. Loved loved loved it!

  27. How cute! I feel that same guilt right now. I think we all are behind in everything.

  28. Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments. I'm glad you enjoyed my poem.
    Victoria, (aka Vicky in my roll call) you are just as talented, if not more so, talented as me so shush. ;)
    Marie, LMAO. Only if said agent wants me to rewrite original poems.
    Kathryn, I just did a mermaid xmas search and found a couple cute pics. This one was the winner.
    Rhiannon & Jessica, you should be giving credit to Clement Clarke Moore, or maybe that Henry guy that others say first wrote Twas the Night... Don't tell anyone, but I sort of stole it from him and changed a few words. ;)

    I'm so sorry I couldn't include everyone in the roll call, but please know I do apprecaite every single one of you. Merry Christmas!

  29. Aww, you're so sweet! This is absolutely adorable! Thank you!

  30. Aww, my cheeks hurts I'm smiing so much! You are so sweet and such an inspiration in so many creative ways. Here's to many, many good things to come in the New Year! - G

  31. Thanks for the shout out in the your poem! I loved it...very creative, my dear! Have a Merry Christmas!

  32. Wow, that was awesome!! Great poem, and thanks for including me. :D Merry Christmas!

  33. Wow, I am seriously impressed with your rhyming skills! That was so sweet, thank you SO much for including me in it. I've been feeling horribly guilty for not commenting on people's blogs lately (somehow I've fallen into the "blurking" trap) so if you haven't seen my comments don't think I haven't been reading and enjoying. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

  34. A writer you are, for certain! Very fun :D

  35. Wow, that is very cute. I'm quite impressed. :D

  36. Wow that was really well done! Loved it! So creative!

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday hun!!!

  37. How very very clever!
    You do deserve those awards and good friends.
    Hope your holiday is terrific.

  38. Okay, I HAD to link this in my Christmas shout out. Merry Christmas!!

  39. Merry Christmas to you, too! <3

    Great poem! You can write all my Christmas cards next year! ;)

  40. Aww! I loved this! I wanted to post yesterday but my internet was being a pain and it wouldn't let me. I'm not complaining much though, it let me read it again today! Have a great and merry Christmas!

  41. That was awesome! Merry Christmas!!

  42. How creative are you! Hope your Christmas was as fun as this.

  43. Loved it, Karen. Very clever and creative. And I totally understand the frustration at keeping up with all these blogs. I'm just now checking on my favorites for the first time since days before Christmas. So I hope you had a very merry holiday (even without snow) and that you have a terrific New Year. Thanks for the mention.

  44. Dr. Seuss has nothing on you. So clever, m'dear (and yes, it can be really tough to keep up with all the blogs!). Thank you for the mention. Too kind and thoughtful. I hope you are having a terrific holiday season!!

  45. This is the best play on, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas since, 'Twas the Night Before Kindergarten.


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