Her pencilled smile is fading and one wing’s beyond repair,
her wand’s fallen by the wayside, but she’ll do another year.
Although her hands are grubby and frock has lost its shine,
her hair is brown and racy, in better shape than mine!
But the sequined boot from Paris insists on pride of place,
challenging the Santa doll despite his smiley face.
Pull the tassel on the saggy sock and the mouse will disappear,
a party trick he’s famous for, he does it every year.
The wooden train from Calais, or was it from Boulogne,
reminds me of my mother and our endless trips again
She really loved the ballet, her Nutcracker toy is fine,
but the fairy with one gauzy wing wins my vote every time
The orange crab (RNLI) is really out of place,
still he saves the lives of men at sea and so deserves his space
The Housing Project tinsel is glittery and neat,
their multi-coloured baubles are sparkly and cheap.
Sadly our poor fairy can’t compete with life on line,
however she reminds us of a simpler Christmas time.
Cobbled together in haste by you know who?
The tree, branches cut from an evergreen bush and popped in a fabulous pot bought back from Les Baux-de-Provence in the 60s. Happy days!