Here’s my rendition of the famous poem, Kiwi Olive Grove style…
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the grove,
The moonlight was stunning; the trees appeared mauve.
The blossoms were open, petals swaying on air
In hopes that ripe olives soon would grow there.
The chickens were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of mealworms danced in their heads.
And the pigs in the pighouse, their energy sapped,
Had just settled down for a long summer nap.
When out in the grove there arose such a wallop,
I sprang from the deck to see what was up.
Away in the olives I saw such a sideshow,
That I dropped the whole cheese tray and spilled local pinot!
The moon on the crest of the silver-leafed trees.
Spotlighted someone – or something – walking towards me.
I saw there a sight that my eyes could not handle.
Twas a grey-bearded bloke! In red togs and jandals!
I felt somewhat startled and a little bit frantic,
Maybe this was a poacher! Or was it Saint Nick?
But he looked very friendly, so it must be okay.
Then he waved and he smiled, and he called out, “G’day!”
“Mate,” he said, “You’ve worked hard through the year.
But it’s time to relax, now that Christmas is here.
So I give you this year a magical harvest.
Come June you’ll have a great crop. It may be your largest!”
He spoke no more words, but went straight to his work.
He behaved so abruptly, I thought he might be a jerk.
But then laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, he spread Christmas magic all through the grove.
Next he inspected our farm and, impressed, gave a whistle.
“Your paddocks look good. There’s simply no thistle!”
Then he left in a hurry, no time for a speech.
“Merry Kiwi Christmas,” he yelled, “I’ll be at the beach!”
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Moon over Martinborough
NOTES for people who don’t speak Kiwi:
- Togs = A swimsuit.
- Jandals = Beach footwear. Called ‘flip flops’ in the USA and ‘thongs’ in Australia.
NOTE for city folk:
- Thistle = A terrible, noxious weed. The ‘down of a thistle’ means it’s spreading! Horrors!
Photo: Doblonaut / Flickr.