James Whitcomb Riley

(7 October 1849 - 22 July 1916 / Greenfield, Indiana)

To Santa Claus


Most tangible of all the gods that be,
O Santa Claus-- our own since Infancy!
As first we scampered to thee-- now, as then,
Take us as children to thy heart again.

Be wholly good to us, just as of old:
As a pleased father, let thine arms infold
Us, homed within the haven of thy love,
And all the cheer and wholesomeness thereof.

Thou lone reality, when O so long
Life's unrealities have wrought us wrong:
Ambition hath allured us--, fame likewise,
And all that promised honor in men's eyes.

Throughout the world's evasions, wiles, and shifts,
Thou only bidest stable as thy gifts--:
A grateful king re-ruleth from thy lap,
Crowned with a little tinselled soldier-cap:

A mighty general-- a nation's pride--
Thou givest again a rocking-horse to ride,
And wildly glad he groweth as the grim
Old jurist with the drum thou givest him:

The sculptor's chisel, at thy mirth's command,
Is as a whistle in his boyish hand;
The painters model fadeth utterly,
And there thou standest--, and he painteth thee--:

Most like a winter pippin, sound and fine
And tingling-red that ripe old face of thine,
Set in thy frosty beard of cheek and chin
As midst the snows the thaws of spring set in.

Ho! Santa Claus-- our own since Infancy--
Most tangible of all the gods that be--!
As first we scampered to thee-- now, as then,
Take us as children to thy heart again.

Submitted: Friday, April 09, 2010

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (To Santa Claus by James Whitcomb Riley )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Christmas Trees, Robert Frost
  2. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Talking Turkeys!, Benjamin Zephaniah
  5. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  8. If, Rudyard Kipling
  9. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  10. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas

Poem of the Day

poet Richard Lovelace

Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.

True, a new mistress now I chase,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. To Point It Out To You, Edward Kofi Louis
  2. elephant selfie, lee fones
  3. You Are Very Beautiful II, Edward Kofi Louis
  4. Winter and Christmas, Rimni chakravarty
  5. - Μουγγό σκυλί (Greek poem), Giorgio A. V.
  6. Say You Are One of Them, Aysha Ananse
  7. Astonished, Edward Kofi Louis
  8. I Love It So, Edward Kofi Louis
  9. At The Door Of Your Love, Edward Kofi Louis
  10. The Ghost Ship, Alicia Elsbeth Stallings
[Hata Bildir]