All Through the Zoo

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Here is my offering today.  I am not much for Santa stories anymore, but this one seemed to just come out when I wrote the first two verses (lines).

All Through the Zoo

‘Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the zoo,
Not a creature was sleeping;
They all were too blue.

They’d heard of a Santa;
A real old Saint Nick.
They’d learned he brought presents,
And that made them sick.

They never got gifts!
They didn’t have socks!
They couldn’t use them
In pools or on rocks!

They didn’t have trees
With bright lights and stars;
There were no presents
Behind the zoo bars.

The penguins were sad.
They had just one wish -
That Santa would come
And not bring them fish.

They wanted new scarves
To wrap ‘round their necks.
The bears wanted shoes -
No more "bear" foot treks!

But how to make Santa
Come over this way?
How to steer reindeer
With presents in sleigh?

The giraffes had a plan
With their heads in the sky
They’d stand on each back
Until they were high.

They’d stand up so tall
Above every roof;
They’d be high enough
To tickle a hoof!

And so they piled up
As high as they could.
And waited for Santa -
He’d fly by, he would!

They stretched up so high
And held out great hopes
That they would hail Santa,
Or lasso with ropes!

Their timing was good;
They were pretty quick.
But no one can be
As quick as St. Nick!

The passing of reindeer
And whooshing of sleigh
Made them all wobble,
Beginning to sway!

They all toppled down
In one great big heap,
And woke up old Santa
Who’d fallen asleep -

Asleep at the reins
Of his sleigh and reindeer!
“What was that?” he cried out,
As he looked back in fear.

“Why it looks like a pile -
A great pile of giraffes!”
He smiled and then chuckled
His big belly laughs!

Amid all the fuss,
He landed the sleigh;
He gave them all gifts
And candy caned hay.

The penguins got scarves,
The bald eagles got hats,
The bears got their shoes -
Flashlights for the bats.

The giraffes had brought Christmas;
They’d stopped Santa’s flight.
A merry crashed mass
Brought to all a good night!

© Donna JT Smith


  1. It's simply terrific, Donna! I love all the fun 'presents' that the animals received, a flashlight for the bats, 'ho, ho, ho', and then that pun-ny ending-'a merry crashed mass'-just perfect. You have that wonderful knack of endings! I can see it as a picture book, such fun!

    1. Thanks, LInda. First the Musicful book...then this maybe? I'm meeting with an illustrator-friend on Tuesday if the weather holds! Excited!

  2. I can see this as an animated Christmas special! Very cute :-)

    1. Oh, my! I'm just getting my toes wet in this publishing thing with trying the Indie route for "Musicful". I don't want to pass out with animation anxiety! But thanks for the encouragement!

  3. And I can see it as a picture book. I cracked up at "The bald eagles got hats." What an inventive twist on the old poem.

  4. And here's another picture book!! Such fun to read.

    1. Thanks, Tara! Maybe I'll try it next. I'm moving forward on "Musicful", so we'll see how that goes!

  5. The illustrations for this would be so cute with the tower of giraffes that wobble and then tumble down. Really cute story, Donna. Did you submit it to Susanna's contest, I hope? Deadline is in 26 minutes!

    1. I submitted it via another site of mine- Write-U-R. I'd already submitted "A King on a Donkey" through Mainely Write. Wasn't sure, never said we couldn't submit 2... so I did!

  6. Those poor giraffes. But I am glad that they were able to bring Christmas to everyone.

    1. I know, I know! Poor things - I was going to say "poor dears", but the deers were fine.

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    1. You made me laugh! Maybe I'll use that cheer from the animals watching the giraffes build their tower when I make it a picture book! Of course, I'll credit you with the line!

  8. Quite fun, Donna. I laughed out loud when the penguins wanted anything but fish!


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