Landis Everson

1926 - 2007 / California / United States

Before Christmas

the first reindeer
shipped North by boxcar from Lapland
but a toy model
got there first.

A dwarf invented reindeer on his own.
He was Santa's favorite. He
hadn't known
they already existed.

This discouraged dwarf
was close to taking his life but
Santa showed up
encircled by snow.
He said, "I will use the real reindeer for my sled

always in yoke
to your original invention."
That night the gears that turned the Pole
and began to turn the other way,
so it be so.

My love is a toy model waiting
for a reindeer to carry me.
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