Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Missouri Redneck Christmas Poem

Today in St. Peters, MO: Chance of showers, high 45 degrees.

A Missouri Redneck Christmas Poem

The week before Christmas in a small Missouri town
a dusting of snow fell down to the ground.

The trees were all sprinkled with flakes from above,
and throughout the woods spread a feeling of love.

When across the vast forest what should appear
but a painted red sleigh with eight mounted reindeer.

Inside the sled my brother-in-law Steve sat,
wearing a Cardinals sweatshirt and camouflage hat.

Huddled next to Steve, sat sweet sister Bridget with antlers and smile,
hoping her Budweiser hoodie would keep her warm for awhile.

The Missouri Redneck sled, built by my niece Angie’s husband Paul,
was mounted on his quad-runner, with deer heads from their family-room wall.

I share this photo so one and all can see why I so “deerly” love my family

We're not phony or fake and we have a good time,
But I must apologize for my attempt at this rhyme.

As Christmas draws near, I wish you much joy and good cheer,
Maybe one day you’ll ride in a sled with eight mounted reindeer.

Merry Christmas! Donna Volkenannt


  1. Adorable photo and funny rhyme! Thanks, Donna, for making my day!

  2. Donna, thanks for your funny poem. You are blessed to have family near. I have memories of my fun loving family. But, now we all live so far from each other. Merry Christmas to all.

  3. Quite the herd of mounted reindeer heads! Very creative, too.

    And speaking of creative, thanks for the poem. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. HAHAHAHA! I think I saw a sled like that in my neighbor's yard-and the brother-in-law up the road-and yep! There's a redneck sled at the priest's rectory!

    But none so fine as the Missouri Redneck Sleigh :-) ...(and the poem was swell, too!)

    P.S. Here's a knee-slapper from my Georgia neck of the woods...Why did the Wise men have ashes on their feet? Because they came from afar.

    Merry Christmas, Donna! Hoping y'all have a bounty of blessings in the New Year.

  5. Love it! Thanks for the smile, and Merry Christmas!

  6. Donna,
    This is so funny; you made me laugh out loud. Merry Christmas.
    Check out my blog; I will post a holiday poem tomorrow. http://lindaoconnell.blogspot.com

  7. Hi All,
    Thanks for your comments about the photo and my poem. It has been a blast!
    I'm hoping to get a copy of the photo of my sister Kathleen in her "Grandma Got Run Over by A Reindeer" pose.
    And, Kathy, I love the knee-slapper about the Wise Men.
    Linda, I will check out your blog for your Christmas poem.

  8. Very cute photo and poem, Donna. :)


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