'Twas the Second Day before Christmas

Original Text: 

Collected Poems of Raymond Souster, Vol. 6: 1984-86 (Ottawa: Oberon Press, 1988): 225. PS 8537 O87A17 Robarts Library

1While they last all manger accessories
2marked drastically down --
3wise men, three for ten dollars;
4with gold, frankincense and myrrh, twenty-five;
5frankincense, myrrh only, thirteen-fifty;
6angels, your choice, two dollars each;
7Joseph and Mary, each nine ninety-nine;
8the Christ Child with swaddling clothes, twenty dollars,
9without, fourteen even; and, oh yes,
10assorted shepherds, four bucks each;
11picturesque manger with straw, wooden cradle,
12twelve seventy-five.
13End of sale.
14No returns or exchanges.
Publication Start Year: 
1986
Publication Notes: 

It Takes All Kinds (1986)

RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2006
Special Copyright: 

© 1988 Collected Poems of Raymond Souster, Vol. 6: 1984-86 Oberon Press (from which written permission to reproduce must be obtained in advance).