Jingle Bells and Ho-ho-ho (English Sonnet)

by Paganini Jones

The Jingle Bells and Ho-ho-ho!s are here
again. Between the raindrops teeming down
we thronging shoppers rush to seek good cheer:
will this town be our happy hunting ground?

Just which bright gift will make Dad laugh again?
Best not buy port - remember last year's farce?
Would Maud, the letter writer like a pen,
or how about silk roses in a vase?

Fat robins perch serenely in their snow
strewn cards. Victorian children dance around
their tree. Outside each store gay santas show
collection tins and shout, "Please, just one pound!"

while up above, in concrete citadels
accountants smile to hear each jangling bell.


Author's Note:
Written in response to a challenge in the Sonnet Circle

Posted on 12/04/2011
Copyright © 2020 Paganini Jones

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Linda Fuller on 12/04/11 at 01:36 AM

An English sonnet for an English Christmas - charming and evocative - a nice blend of the spirit of giving and the mercenary aspects of Christmas, with the former winning out (yay!).

Posted by Lori Blair on 12/05/11 at 12:32 AM

Now this made me smile, not only can I relate but I sigh..and sigh again..happy holidays to you! and thanks for this fun write!

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