ATWT Opinion Article
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
(A Visit From James Stenbeck)
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
No joy stirred in Oakdale, not even for a mouse;
A cape fell below the Fairwinds chimney without care,
Which guaranteed James Stenbeck soon would be there;
Paul nestled on a cot which the jail called a bed,
While life behind bars danced in his head;
Jessica in her Armani suit, climbed on Marshall's lap,
But they soon cooled things down for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
Marshall sprang from Jessica's embrace to see what was the matter,
Away to the window he flew like a flash,
A bundle of nerves, Marshall threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to the villain below,
When what to Marshall's eyes should appear,
But a sturdy black sleigh and eight nasty reindeer,
With a debonair driver, eager to make things a wreck,
Marshall knew in a moment it must be James Stenbeck.
Rapidly to a stop James came,
He threatened and shouted and called his enemies by name;
"Beware Jessica, Isaac, Bonnie and YOU Mr. D.A. I shall maul!"
"I'll drive Barbara crazy and I won't forget Paul!"
Marshall now feared James would break down the wall!
But no! James dashed away to chat with his Paul
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an enemy, mount to the sky,
To the police station James quickly flew,
To blackmail his boy and his mamma too.
And then, in a twinkling James dropped in from the roof
Paul's heart filled with hate, he couldn't stay aloof
As Paul made a fist and was turning around,
Up the chimney James flew, Fairwinds bound.
He was a handsome sight, from his head to his foot,
To be near his wife, he'd walk through ashes and soot;
Barbara's nerves were long ago shot,
But James was convinced she was still hot,
"Darling" he began "your smile is quite merry!"
"Your cheeks like a rose and your kisses like cherries!"
A Cuban cigar James held in his teeth,
While Barbara's too many questions soon made him seethe;
"Why Barbara, are yourwearing wires on your belly!"
With a fondle he teased "You're eating too much jelly!"
James was tall and lean, his devilish old self
Barbara laughed at his words, in spite of herself
A devious grin and a twist of his head,
Soon assured Barbara she had nothing to dread;
But Barbara's words became insane so James went back to work,
"Now! For Bonnie and Isaac!" who he felt were real jerks,
"To Java Underground now I shall go,"
Madly James dashed through the ice and the snow,
With utter control James sat at the bar,
To ask Isaac "How's those breaks on your car?"
"And Bonnie McKechnie" he said with a sneer,
"You'd better stick to serving beer,"
After delivering Isaac a bloody nose,
Up Java's chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his beasts gave a whistle
And away they flew, with the speed of a missile.
But they heard him exclaim, which gave them no fright,
"Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight."
Happy Holidays Everyone! Loretta
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