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'Twas the Night Before Winter

‘Twas the night before winter and all through sedum quarters,

Not a worker was stirring, not even the orders.

The dishes were washed and the files put away,

In hopes that Lori would start early the next day.


The Magdas were all nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sedums and ideas danced in their heads.

And Margie in her pj’s and Tuggy on Ed’s lap,

Had just settled down for a long winters nap.


When out on the farm there arose such a clatter,

Greg sprung from his bed to see what was the matter.

He stumbled to the window and pressed his nose to the glass,

He yelled, “What’s going on out there, who’s being such an A..?”


The moon shone so bright on the new-fallen snow

Greg had slept in, he’s behind, Oh No!

It’s 5:00 AM and he’s an hour behind

I think he forgot, that it is winter time.


He rubs his eyes and quickly looks to the field,

Jumps in his truck and the tires make a peel.

He dashes to the field faster than ever,

Have you ever seen Greg run? Nope, nah, never!


He gets to the farm and sneaks to the sedum bed,

He new in moment, “He’s busted!” he said.

As fast as a rabbit, and the size of one too,

Ahh it’s just Rob, the head of my crew.


He watched Rob work row after row,

Scratching his head and moving so slow.

He was mumbling to himself, “ this is not a fun game!”

And he shook and he shouted and called them by name:

“Now Robert! Now Phillip!

On George and on Denny!

On Steve and on Carl!

On hardworking Frankie!

To the top of the hill

To the top of the row

The sedums are covered

Now shovel that snow!


And then in a twinkling, Greg heard in the sedum bed,

A snore thats so loud, he knew it’s not Ed.

He’s sees Rob asleep, on the sedum covered in snow.

He was sleepwalking at work, a safety hazard you know.


Greg awakens Rob and tells him he’s dreaming,

“The guys are back home” as he’s joyfully beaming.

Come back to the office and lets warm up a bit,

Before you take off like a lickity split.


We’ll have some hot chocolate and reminisce on the season,

Then go back home and don’t come back without a reason.

They walked to the office in the new fallen snow,

Thinking of new sedums they will definitely need to grow.


He spoke not a word and went straight to his chair,

Both startled by a bump and whisk of cold air,

And laying a finger aside of her nose,

Lori stumbles through the door, “I just about froze!”


Greg and Rob were so shocked and very aware,

Finally “He” was able to answer his prayer.

Greg sprang to the clock and looked once to thrice,

You decided to come in early today, how very nice!


“I knew you would miss me”, Lori said with smirk.

“But I came in to grab my stuff not related to work.

Back home I will go, with my mug all in tow

Don’t you realize its winter? I see snow you know!”


She sprung to the door, and gave her guys a big wave,

And away she flew off to hibernate inside of her cave.

But she heard Greg exclaim as she made her getaway clean,

“ The sedums are sleeping see you in two thousand and sixteen!”


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Debra Chandler
August 25, 2017
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