the night before christmas-pt 6

Photo by: Ellen von Unwerth

And then, in a twinkling,
I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing
Of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head,
And was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas
Came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur,
From his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished
With ashes and soot…