On this gorgeous day of Christmas, I am posting here a poem on Santa Claus that I wrote last year… The poem is themed on the existence of the legendary figure – Santa Claus, and it is named “Is There a Santa Claus?” – A question that arises in a child’s heart, which she asks to the world.
The poem is based on an editorial which appeared in The (New York) Sun on September 21, 1897. Its author was Francis Pharcellus Church. However, some changes are made in the poem with respect to the original article. The child is named Rose and the incident is set in an imaginary city called the Sun City.
The editorial, which included the famous reply “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”, has become an indelible part of popular Christmas folklore. A copy of the original article is also included in the post.
Here comes the poem →
IS THERE A SANTA CLAUS?
One fine day, in the Sun City May,
A little child Rose, rose with dismay –
“Dear people, hi… I am eight years old,
No lust for silver or glitter or gold…
Just one curiosity at the core of my heart,
Please answer me, with the most truthful art…
“I and Johnny were talking with glee
Of the church, the candles and the Christmas tree…
And then my friend made all joy flee
‘THERE’S NO SANTA CLAUS!’ – Says he…
And so said my most intelligent friends
To murder the spirit of Christmas trends…
“The schoolbook says to make a voting
Whenever you have the opinions floating…
That’s a question from the core of my heart,
Please answer me, with the most truthful art…”
The world thought for a minute or two
But nobody came to offer a clue…
All the countries were at a pause
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