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from Another Night Before Christmas


On the night before Christmas, a child in a house,

As the whole family slept, behaved just like a mouse . . .

And crept on soft toes down red-carpeted stairs.

Her hand held the paw of her favourite bear.


The Christmas tree posed with its lights in its arms,

Newly tinselled and baubled with glittering charms;

Flirting in flickers of crimson and green

Against the dull glass of the mute TV screen


The hushed street was in darkness. Snow duveted the cars –

A stray cat had embroidered each roof with its paws.

An owl on an aerial had planets for eyes.

The child at the window stared up at the sky,


Where two aeroplanes sped to the east and the west,

Like a pulled Christmas cracker. The child held her breath

And looked for a sign up above, as the moon

Shone down like a gold chocolate coin on the town.


(Carol Ann Duffy)










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