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Dad's Christmas Gifts

by Dave Fitzgerald

It stands in the corner
where it was placed.
That funny coloured bottle
bought in haste.
Its label faded,
black to tan.
That funky liquid
they call "Musky Man".

Buy him a shirt
of his favourite team!
Or a sweater
with a reindeer theme,
a bottle of scotch
to splash on his rocks,
or even a pair
of Christmas socks.

But spare a thought
for the way you behaved
when you bought that dodgy
because his hairy chin
will never feel the sting
of that nasty,
foul smelling thing.


Posted on 12/04/2008
Copyright © 2022 Dave Fitzgerald

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 12/04/08 at 09:17 PM

Cute write Dave. And isn't that the truth.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 12/04/08 at 09:53 PM

Heh. Indeed. Great stuff, man.

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 12/07/08 at 03:06 PM

:) :) :)
[slapping a smile on my face and happy about it all]
terrific read!

Posted by Laura Doom on 12/17/08 at 10:38 PM

So - tell us Dave...where do you apply the stuff if you don't take it on the chin? :)
A well-deserved prize, musky man - keep it in the UK :>

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 12/20/08 at 07:10 AM

This makes me think about my dear father who left us so long ago! Thank You Dave and a well-deserved prize!

Posted by Jennifer Ragan on 12/22/08 at 04:13 PM

Hey Dave, Congratulations!

Posted by JD Clay on 12/25/08 at 08:40 PM

I am drawn to the fond memories of your father, Dave. This really strikes a chord. Your nostalgic yet timeless poem certainly captures the essence of Christmas past. I always found comfort in knowing that no matter what we bought or made for Dad on Christmas he was delighted. He taught us that if the gift was filled with love we couldn’t go wrong. Double kudos to you, for first prize in the Holiday Poetry Contest and for becoming The Festooned Poet This Christmas Day.

Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 12/26/08 at 01:33 AM

Love the humorous scent to this, such a solution of funny, sentimental, wry and true. A very vivid image on the shrlf and that shyme and label of "Musky Man" just makes me laugh. It's doggedly poetic, zesty and full of cheer. (cheers!) I don't often like rhyming poems through and through, but the humor and fast pace of this does make it loveable.

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 12/26/08 at 03:47 AM

Merry Christmusk ;)

Posted by Maria Massarella on 12/26/08 at 04:15 AM

Merry Christmas! Congratulations! and a thank you for the smiles this brings...I wonder if there be a version with music...

Posted by Laurie Blum on 12/29/08 at 06:51 PM

I really enjoyed this poem alot! Reminded me of my Dad! A Winner of a write!

Posted by Glenn Currier on 10/30/09 at 05:24 PM

Thanks for sharing your poignant memories. They are especially meaningful to me because I inherited my dad's electric shaver. When I used it I could smell his skin on it. The memories that evoked were both good and bad, but it was as if he was right there at hand... and that was good... for he was not always that way throughout my life. Evocative, indeed, Dave. Thanks.

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