Christmas Eve

I posted this poem last year during the Christmas holidays, but as much as I like it I may post it every year. So, tonight when the sky is clear and the air is cold and crisp and you hear hints of sleigh bells on every breeze, think about this poor chap:

Nicholas Was…
older than sin, and his beard could grow no whiter. He wanted to die.

The dwarfish natives of the Arctic caverns did not speak his language, but conversed in their own, twittering tongue, conducted incomprehensible rituals, when they were not actually working in the factories.

Once every year they forced him, sobbing and protesting, into Endless Night. During the journey he would stand near every child in the world, leave one of the dwarves’ invisible gifts by its bedside. The children slept, frozen into time.

He envied Prometheus and Loki, Sisyphus and Judas. His punishment was harsher.

Ho.
Ho.
Ho.

Neil Gaiman. “Nicholas Was,” Smoke and Mirrors.

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