Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Whoville Spirit

           Image by Simon Howden.  Used by permission of

Recently a thought wandered onto my mind's windowsill.
What ever happened to the cheerful citizens of Whoville?
They're famous worldwide for outsmarting The Grinch.
They make feeling Christmas cheer seem like it's a cinch.
I wonder if the Whovillians have spread out among us?
Or are they singing carols as a choir on a traveling bus?
Wherever they are, we need their help un-grinching us.

Somewhere, sometime, someone loved that mean old Grinch.
They too wished the thought of Christmas would make people flinch.
No one should feel inspired to power their lights with an electric eel.
Presents, or lack thereof, should be able to produce the right feel...
as long as you're convinced you must have some unobtainable deal.

I imagine he first sought to make the most desired children's toy.
Thinking that through their popularity he'd control Christmas joy.
Perhaps he invented one of the first board games?
Or maybe the yo-yo or remote control airplanes?
Silly putty, his invention it probably was not.
Tonka Trucks I bet he liked a whole lot.

He probably never got his own story until now,
because he triumphed before that first crash of the Dow.
After that, like-minded grinchsters abounded.
Shortly thereafter, consumer America was founded.
Whovillians were possibly the only ones astounded.

Everyone else seemed happier to fight a stranger for the new My Little Pony,
than to make decorative trim for the Christmas tree with tricolor macaroni.
Suddenly gone was the spirit needed to make a Fenway Park gingerbread house.
No desire remained for paper snowflakes of Darth Vader or Mickey Mouse.

Year after year, this new attitude has flourished.
Despite constantly feeling consumer malnourished.
Oh how much fun this Christmas would be,
if all over America the Whoville spirit we could see.
So please shop online if you can't behave in public.
Buy prank gift boxes for the holidays if you're comedy cultic.
If you don't enjoy crowds, get a cabin somewhere rustic.

We must not let the Grinch loving people take over.
We must do more than wish on a four leaf clover.
No matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year.
I hope your themed decorations are shining loud and clear.
Try not to let present giving interfere with family time.
Remember the grinch is winning every time you whine.
Let your heart and the Whoville spirit intertwine.

© Rachel Hoyt 2010 - 2011

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  1. Well said Rachel...the evil works overtime during loving times like Christmas. Remember the reason for the season.

  2. Ah - see Seussical the Musical pulls all the meaning together

    very clever thanks for the reminder of why we celebrate

    Thanks - Moondustwriter for One shot

  3. Whooaa!! Super cool message there, Rachel!
    Oh, I really liked that Dow reference you made... it fit so darned perfectly with the general Grinch-loving attitude!
    Well, he sure can count me OUT of (and NEVER IN) his fanclub..

    Lovely poem!! Thanks for sharing this... I think we all need to rekindle that dying holiday flame..

  4. Thank you for the kind comments Michelle, One Stop & Kavita. :o)

    I've been more grinchy in past years... some seasons was lonely and often in tears. Then I realized that most things that turn me into a grinch really shouldn't bother me any more than a pinch.

  5. This has a strong and important message. A little gem for the season. Love and Light, Sender

  6. very important messages and written so well...thanks for sharing..pete

  7. Lovely piece of work, Rachel. It's a pity we're in such a hurry to grow up and be sophisticated that we throw away our sense of wonder and awe. We really need to do some serious work on getting it back!

  8. Lovely words... Tender years eager to move on.

  9. Wonderful message for all to remember.

  10. beautiful message.
    welcome linking to potluck tonight.

  11. Awww, thanks for the reminder to link in tonight Jingle!! All these lovely comments from readers sure make my heart tingle. :o)

  12. You have really put a lot into this! The rhymes as always just carry it along. Makes me want to smile - so that will keep the Grinch at bay!

  13. Well done, Rachel!

    Who can forget that any who is simply me and you,so let's start this season with a smile, and keep kind thoughts around for awhile,
    helping those who go hungry at night,
    and let the Grinch know what's right!

  14. Beautiful... I enjoyed it...

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya

  15. An very creative way to express the message of the holidays! I enjoyed reading it!

  16. GREAT rhyming comment Dan!!! You made me smile.
    Thank youalso AB & Shashi Heading to read ach of your blogs for a while. :o)


    I wonder if you are interested in poets rally,
    Link in a random poem, visit and comment…
    Poets return favors and follow the rules, thus, hope that you won’t miss your opportunity to make new poetry friends…

    Happy Friday!
    Stay Blessed!

  18. Thanks for entering the rally..

    have fun visiting other poets, commenting for 18 is a requirement to be done by next Wednesday.
    your kindness is superb.

  19. But I want my My Little Pony! Jk, jk. I was just talking to my sister about how I wish I could just forget Christmas because it is becoming so expensive. Your poem is great, I especially like how you incorperated links to other sites in it. Very creative. :)

  20. Very well done, though I must say I am a Grinch at heart (only cause I don't celebrate) but still wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Dr. Seuss and sociology! That's a message all by itself! Good point, the dynamic of consumerism, which tends to do just that to the REST of what makes us human if we don't pay attention...

    Enjoyed very much!!

  22. Greetings!
    Here is the end of the year awards 4 you, enjoy!

    End of The Year Awards 4 Friends of Jingle or Jingle Poetry Community

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! You Are The Best!

    Link a poem to our potluck today, We send blessings all the way to brighten your day!

  23. I think this is one of the most interesting christmas poems I read. I love that you held to the reference of the Grinch throughout the poem. I love that it follows a storyline. The longer lines allows the rhyme to work without totally being singsong.

    Merry Christmas.

  24. Thanks for the awards, Jingle!
    I'll be over to retreive it soon.
    83october, you made my heart tingle...
    like the rush from a sugar spoon.

    Merry Christmas!

  25. Ah yes, I too flinch at the thought of an American Christmas- Walmart, Toys R Us, Black Friday sales, mean spirits, short tempers, hustle and bustle. Oh for the populace to calm down, forget the stores, and visit with friends.

  26. Very well written messages,thanks for sharing with us!

  27. a belated thank you to frayedges for visiting. I think I was caught in the hustle and bustle when you stopped by!

    Thank you Short Poems for visiting... and choosing to read one of my older poems! :o)


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