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Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern
By Maxwell C. Wheat, Jr.

“Come see the Christmas stockings,”
Says Grandmother, taking our hands
Leading us to the stream in our back woods

There on the bank
She shows us fronds of ferns lined with leaflets
Each shape like a fat “L”
“They’ll fit on elves’ feet, Nanny.”

“They’re upside down,” my brother laughs
“The elves’ll fall out.”

“Why, Edmund,” Grandmother chuckles
“don’t you know why elves’ feet
Are pointed and curled?”