‘Twas the night before New Year’s, and all through the house
Every Who down in Whoville was doped up and soused.
They hated the New Year; they grumbled and whined,
“We don’t want a NEW year; this suits us just fine.”
But the clock wouldn’t listen, it groaned and it wheezed,
And it paused not a whit on the cusp of the breeze
That would blow that foul second hand forward and then
Slap the faces of Whos with a pointy-mouthed grin.
Auntie Em hugged her teacup; Vern gripped hard his bottle
Cindi Loo sucked her nipple of mead on full throttle.
While Muffy poured scotch and Big Joe warmed the wassail,
I saw Gramps downing Nyquil to plump up his fossil.
Homer was huffing and Jane rode a bender
While Grams poured tequila and rum in the blender.
They binged and they cringed and they cowered in fear
“We must stop it from coming! We’ll stop it this year!”
But no matter the moonshine, no matter the crack,
Father Time gave the gift that he wouldn’t take back.
He granted them change and a hope for the new,
Whilst snickering snickers, ice cold as a shrew.
It’s a New Year, My Lovelies, You Hortons and Whos,
And you’ll take it and thank me; you don’t get to choose.
So get on with your hopes and your dreams and your wishes,
Cause I’ve got the clock, and you dogs is my bitches.
~ c. 2011 by Pamela Pardue Goode,
with apologies to Clement C. Moore and eternal gratitude to Dr. Seuss 🙂