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The Great Light Fight

Updated on November 27, 2011

The Great Light Fight - By Pat Gillem

A few weeks before Christmas, I am starting to dread,

while sugar canes and plums should be dancing in my head.

All I can think of, is the up coming big fight,

the fight with the Christmas lights, day and night.

The artificial tree, so carefully put together,

tis' almost Christmas, according to the weather.

Sylvia pulls out the boxes, from places unknown,

''Now where, were those blinking lights thrown? ''

She smiles and winks, her eyes filled with glee,

''Its not really Christmas, without blinking lights on the tree.''

The lights are coiled, around the tree so grand,

any minute now, I expect the sound of a band.

Sylvia puts on tinsel, bulbs, and a star,

everything is going ok, I guess, so far.

Contentedly sitting, with my wood and knife,

carving another Santa, not thinking of strife.

Suddenly there's a shrill scream, through the night,

''The lights are not blinking, what a sad, sad, sight! ''

In the confusion, I made a bad cut,

Poor little Santa, got a nick in the butt!

I yelled, ''Sylvia my wife, be of good cheer! ''

But the look she gave me, instilled instant fear!

'' These stupid lights won't blink, what should I do? ''

'' I know, '' she said, '' I'll find the one that blew.''

Carefully she inspects, every tiny little light,

yes, this is it, the start of the great light fight.

I pick up my things, and quickly leave the room,

and get myself ready, for another sonic boom!

'' Now where is that bulb? '' I hear her spit and sputter,

she's throwing them over her shoulder, one after another.

'' Aha here's one! '' I hear her laughing with glee,

'' Here's one, that will make them blink on my tree! ''

She puts it in, and then it gets quiet,

I hope it works, I can't stand another riot!

We wait for a minute, and as sure as can be,

the lights start blinking, on that grand Christmas tree!

Throw the confetti, strike up the band,

there is now peace, throughout the land!

The lights are blinking, what a beautiful sight,

there will be peace on earth, and around here tonight!

I wrote this poem, back in 2003. It was a lovely afternoon, and the great light fight was really starting to heat up. So teasingly, I said to my wife Sylvia, '' If this keeps up, I am going to write a poem about this yearly ritual. '' She looked at me and said, '' I bet you couldn't come up with anything. '' Now, I am not going to sit here and tell you that I am the best poet around, because there are millions of poets out there, that blow me right out of the water, so to speak. Anyway, I excepted the challenge. Forty five minutes later, I handed her this poem. I hope you all enjoyed, this little wife teaser. By the way, she is looking for those lights, as I am writing this. Thanks for dropping by.


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    • PADDYBOY60 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Frogyfish - We both thank you. I thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      6 years ago from Central United States of America

      All right, PADDYBOY60, glad you got your wife's 'permission' before producing this! Good job, to both of you!

    • PADDYBOY60 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Hi Tammy - You are right ma'am, I love writing these kind of poems. Its so much fun to make things rhyme. Thanks for stopping by.

    • tammyswallow profile image


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      I love reading your hubs. It is nice to read your poems because you can really tell you enjoy writing them. Well done!

    • PADDYBOY60 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Hello Sam-eg - My imagination gets away from me sometimes.Lol. But I like to entertain folks, so I am glad you were entertained. Thanks for reading and have a nice holler day.

    • PADDYBOY60 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Hi Ambertale - Thank you for stopping by and reading my poem, and for the nice comments. Have a happy holler day.

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      Aina Taurina 

      6 years ago from England (UK)

      Thanks PADDYBOY for so nice poem! Hugs to you and your lovely wife Sylvia!

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      6 years ago from Happy Land

      that's really a nice and imaginative poem,and I really enjoyed it, well done

    • PADDYBOY60 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Hello Pennyofheaven - Thank you for your comments. Things tend to get a little exciting here around Christmas.

    • PADDYBOY60 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Hi Sharyn - She is always challenging me to try something. But we still have fun. Thanks much.

    • PADDYBOY60 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Mljdgulley - Yeah, I get the frustration, she doesn't. She loves putting it all up and then taking it back down. Thanks for stopping in.

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      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Haha this made me laugh. You did a fabulous job!!! The choice of words had me there waiting and hoping that the lights were going to work. Thanks for sharing!

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I really got a giggle out of this poem. Glad your wife challenged you to write it!


    • mljdgulley354 profile image


      6 years ago

      Boy, you got the feeling of frustration that goes with hauling out the Christmas decorations. Great poem

    • PADDYBOY60 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Hi Alexander - I am happy you liked it. I very seldom write poems that are true, but this one is right on the mark.

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      Alexander Silvius 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      That gave me a good chuckle, not bad 't all. You proved your wife wrong for sure.


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