Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Night Before (a Kazakhstan) Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the land
Not a creature was stirring
Not even in Kazakhstan

The volunteers were nestled
In their long underwear
In hopes that the summer
Soon would be there

We sit at the table
Drinking more tea
While visions of Turkey Sandwiches
Dance in my head

Outside the wind blows
With never a lull
But we keep warm inside
Another bucket of coal

As I lay down in my bed,
I wonder with fear
If my family is Muslim
Will Santa visit here?

I wake up the next morning
And head off to school
Cuz us teachers still have work
How can life be so cruel?

But I get the good news
From a man I pass by
There is a package for me
To the post office I fly

Running from dogs
And slipping on ice
I can’t help but smile
That the day is so nice

No brightly lit tree
Or cookies in cans
But Christmas is still awesome
Here in Kazakhstan


Far from our families
And our mothers all fret
But Peace Corps was the best way
To put off my debt

Times like this can be sad
Far away and alone
But our families are near
Just over the phone

Though we miss our families
We love to be here
We will be home in no time
No worse for the wear

So don’t worry too much, mom
Everything’s alright.
Merry Christmas to all,
And to all a good night!

5 comments:

Lea Soper & Aaron Whitehill said...

Merry Christmas bro! Hope you have a good one, we'll be thinking about you lots over here!

alex said...

Nice poem/story. Very good adaptation from the original. I hope Santa did indeed find his way to Kazakhstan. Merry Chistmas!

LawsonFamily said...

Hope you had a merry Christmas :)

Trav said...

On a similar line, I hear the Russian (Kazakh?) New Year is Jan 9th. Is that true?

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