Poems by David Cartano
Title Poem
50th Anniversary Mom and Dad
Are shining bright
With love and care
To our delight

With 50 years
To show the way
All of us
Are here to say

We love you Mom
We love you Dad
You're in our hearts
And all are glad
Surf's Up The sun is up today
The surf is up in LA
Jennifer wants to play
And everything is A-OK
John at 94 There once was a Dad named John
Who married the most wonderful Mom
He said with a grin
As he wiped off his chin
If my wife weren't around, I'd be gone
. ' Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house
Every creature was stirring
Even the mouse

Margaret was making
The oatcakes and bread
After her children
Were tucked into bed

Anna was praying
For Jesus to come
Hoping God’s work
Would finely be done

Bob and Maureen
Were talking to Joe
Their wonderful kid
As all of us know

Dad was itching
Behind his year
Worrying about
The coming new year

Steve was hanging
The tinsel and lights
As Joan was rocking
Their baby goodnight

Rob Gascoigne and Richie
Were talking again
Concerning the Masons
And all of their sins

Uncle David was eating
And giving advice
About dating women
And choosing a wife

Mother was making
The cinnamon buns
Preparing for Christmas
And all of the fun

The day was over
It came to an end
Yuletide greetings
We all did send

Now all was quiet
As we turned out the lights
Waiting for Santa
To come that night

Then Julie and Jane
Jumped out of their bed
Pulled off the covers
The sheets and the spread

They raced to the window
By David’s bed
Threw open the curtains
And Julie said

I want to see Santa
And Rudolph tonight
Let’s look for the sleigh
With all of its lights

They looked out the window
For the skies to clear
They waited and waited
‘Till midnight drew near

Then over the lake
Santa appeared
With his miniature sleigh
And seven reindeer

Julie and Jane
Jumped up in delight
Knowing that Santa
Was coming tonight

Ritchie exploded
To bed, do you hear?
Santa is coming
With his seven reindeer

But out of the bedroom
Dashed Julie and Jane
Into the yard
And the pouring rain

To the top of the roof
The reindeer flew
With a sleigh full of toys
And Santa too

And then in a twinkling
Jane heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing
Of each little hoof

There was Santa and Dancer
Prancer and Vixen
Dasher and Cupid
Donner and Blitzen

Santa was singing
As Jane turned around
And down through the chimney
He came with a bound

He was dressed all in red
From his head to his foot
And his garments were covered
With ashes and soot

Back to the house
Came Jane in a dash
Followed by Julie
Who flew like a flash

As Santa was filling
The stockings with toys
He could hear the two children
Making some noise

With a wink of his eye
And a nod on his head
Santa told Julie
To go back to bed

But Julie said “No!”
I’m staying up tonight
I want to see Rudolph
With his shining red light

So Santa called Rudolph
With his nose so bright
“Come to the Cartanos
For Christmas tonight”

And Rudolph came in
From the pouring rain
Prancing and dancing
With Julie and Jane

And Santa and Rudolph
And Julie and Jane
Danced until two
And played Christmas games

Before Santa left
He hugged Julie tight
Merry Christmas to all
And to all a goodnight
Grace Bless this food
Bless this meat
Thank you God
Now let us eat