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    Why The Grinch Stole Christmas

    You have all perceived the story of the Grinch and his plan
    To rob the Who’s in Whoville of their Christmastime élan,
    But, have you heard the story that no one told to you,
    Of why the Grinch he hated those small and darling Who’s?

    Gather close, O Children, and huddle to the fire,
    That you might know the truth that painted his desire;
    For, not all things are as they seem, and history be sly,
    So, hang on tight and learn to see out through a Grinch’s eye…

    Long ago, in distant past, the world was green and fey,
    And Pagan Grinches frolicked on the Saturnalia Day.
    The Grinches’ fur was pink back then, and joyfully they danced,
    Conducting nighttime rituals to worship and enchant
    The Nature from whose soil they sprung like magic, pink-furred plants,
    And back to whom they would return when finished their life’s dance.

    But, in a sere land far away a Star shone white and fine
    Down brilliantly to tell the Wise of the first Christmastime.
    And, slowly, down the centuries the news of Hope arrived:
    That Agape [AH-gah-pay] – the love of man – could fill all people’s eyes.

    But, some, you see, had tearless eyes, and, so, the news they buried –
    Fanatics they became instead of zealots fierce and merry.
    And, since they had forgot their names, consumed by selfish malice,
    They were called Who’s, who drank as swine out of the Christian chalice.

    On one fell day in Wintertime the Grinches pink assembled;
    Saturnalia would soon come, and, oh, the Grinches trembled!
    The song! The wine! The meat and lust! And, best, the smiling mirth!
    As worship they would give unto their sacred Mother Earth.
    When, unexpectedly they paused and cocked ears to the wind,
    For sounds of queer and buoyant singing that moment did begin…

    Over the hills from far away came Who’s in booted march,
    With Sword and Cross and flaming torch, and chests out with backs arched.

    “We come in peace!”

    Their leader cried,
    And Grinches came to them, to welcome Strangers to their home…

    …And that’s when Grinchdom died…

    The Who’s took meat and wine, and looked at all the trappings
    Of something they could only see as Death in Pagan wrappings.
    They rose and said:

    “Forsake your rites!
    “Come to the Cross!
    “Do as we say
    “Or you are lost!”


    The pink-hued Grinches stood nonplussed, then started laughing – ho!
    This crazy Whoish Army could surely [iI]nothing[/I] know.
    They laughed ‘til they turned purple, and clutched their aching guts,
    Not seeing how the Who’s looks darkened into the snarls of mutts!

    “Burn the heathens!”

    Cried the leader, and his pack of mutts obeyed.
    And, in the nightmare of that night, to Mother Grinches prayed.
    But, as the awful flames rose up and ate the pink to black
    No help did Mother Earth provide, for Hope had turned its back.

    And, so, the Grinches perishing, transformed from pink to green,
    In envy of the Whoish power, and ‘twas this they screamed:

    “Blackest evil we will be!
    “Ye cannot get us all!
    “And always plotting sin shall we,
    “Until Christmas shall fall!”


    And laughing did the Grinches die, consumed with malice black,
    And all the Whoish murderers felt shivers up their backs…

    But, for centuries did Who’s march, seeking to spread the news,
    And any stray Grinch that they found was forced to speak it too.
    These frightened Grinches blended in, and married with the Who’s
    Until there was left only one pure Grinch who history knew.

    It broke his heart to see the Grinchy race absorbed,
    Its history erased from time; its pink and joy, a corpse.
    He clutched his chest, but would not die –
    For he’d the bluest[/] Grinchy eyes.

    That Grinch turned power into pain, that flesh’s loss be spirit’s gain.

    “And I say two can play that game!”

    Frown metamorphosed into smile.

    “Now, all I need’s a Crocodile,
    “And a Wolf to stand upon it,
    “That they might pull my Sled of Doom,
    “And pull me up to my cold room!”


    Crocodiles were hard to find, and Wolves were all extinct;
    Instead, he settled for a dog, and up the slopes he slinked.
    Thereupon the two they dwelt, Grinch pondering his fate,
    And, in time, malice mellowed into joyful hate.

    Now, hate is only bad if it be shone at the wrong thing –
    A Bald Eagle only flies if it hates to waste its wings.
    The Grinch’s hate was bad only because he did not see
    That the modern Who’s were zealots, lamblike, fair, and merry.

    But, if not for his hate to drive him on to naughty deeds
    He never would have sliced Roast Beast upon which he now feeds;
    For Agape did triumph on that fateful Christmas day
    When Grinch, the would-be Thief, arrived, and for his sins did pay.

    SINE DIE

    AFTERWARD: The delightful Dr. Seuss book, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” has, for a while now, begged explanation of exactly why the Grinch, presumably the last of his race, despised Christmas enough to try to spoil it for an entire town. Given the historical crimes of Christianity, the answer was obvious. May any chills this prequel brings make Christmastime with hearth and home that much warmer by contrast, and add new meaning to the final reconciliation between Grinch and Who which Seuss so well described.


    Posted By CplFerro | Dec 10, 2007
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    mangodroplet Blue Mango Puppy :]

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    :blank:
    AHHH! how sad!
    *cries*
    lol.
    i thought it was gonna be somewhat happy....and then it got sad :[

    but really nice writing.....nice wordsmitthing....
    i'm big on rhythm, so just a little suggestion-if you follow more of a rhythm so it flows easily off the tongue-then It would be AMAZING. haha. a spooky christmas story you can tell to kids :]


    great to see you writing!

    It would be GREAT if you would post in the members introduction section....
    Member Introductions - Poetry in Color Forum


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    Dear mango,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    I strive toward perfect rhymes, but, if I can't achieve it I settle for what words best convey the intention. Rhyming poems can be over processed and feel strained.

    Cpl Ferro


    Posted By CplFerro | Dec 14, 2007
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    Oh I enjoyed that so much. It reminds me of Gregory Maguire when he takes fairy tales and puts it in the view of the "villain". I always figured there was more to that story than meets the eye.

    Great Job


    Posted By Smiley24_7 | Dec 14, 2007
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    mangodroplet Blue Mango Puppy :]

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    Haha, oh yes, I know Rhyming poems are hard >.<
    They can be strenuous, and sometimes I just wanna make up my own words :]
    So, I think you did a great job for trying to rhyme.
    Me, well, if you see my works, you'll see I'm more of a rhythm person, So i would gladly sacrifice rhyme for rhythm, but that's me. I still loved it :]

    so creative! I wish I had your creativeness! :]

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    Wow...great work here! Tis sad...but I love it!


    Posted By Benny | Dec 22, 2007
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    CplFerro New Member

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    Dear mangodroplet, et al,

    Don't wish too hard.

    Thanks for all the kind words.

    Cpl Ferro


    Posted By CplFerro | Dec 22, 2007
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    let us not forget what for centuries was done to christians...hundreds of years, but then man has always been good at finding an excuse for malice, no matter who it was against or how vile. this isnt quite how i pictured the story...definitely not something to read to my kid. Much has been done in the name of faith...maybe we could do more IN faith that simply in its name. In the end I think you might find that millions have struggled to accept their frailties and human ness so seek instead to raise themselves above on the heads of others...when all they had to ask was, "if there is a god, i cant raise myself, please help"

    zaac


    Posted By zaac | Dec 23, 2007
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    CplFerro New Member

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    Dear zaac,

    Indeed. As Ghandi is quoted as saying, when asked by a reporter, “Mr. Gandhi, what do you think of Western civilization?”

    Gandhi: “I think it would be a good idea!”

    That's what I aim to help bring about, Providence willing. Part of that is Jesus' continual metaphor of fishing: one needs to "fish for ideas" in one's mind because they are slippery, elusive little devils. Only ideas will save us in the end, and only Faith in Christ Jesus can align us properly to find them, to find out other people are real and not just collections of anatomy.

    Cpl Ferro


    Posted By CplFerro | Dec 23, 2007
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    zaac Banned

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    you might want to recheck the scripture. his words had absolutely nothing to do with ideas or self-realization. His words to the disciples when He first asked them to follow was, Come, I will make you fishers of men to help them see the truth.

    Thsi had to do with the whole premise of the bible which says we are loved if we only open our eyes and our hearts...not human love, but love of the soul.

    In many ways I feel sorry for those whose faith doesnt include Jesus. It must feel pretty hopeless walking around looking for an idea or a premise to base one's existence on.

    Other world religions such as Islam and Hindi also see God as a punitive God and that you must earn your way into heaven. The message of Christ is that there is no way you can ever do anything to deserve the mercy and grace He offer. It is a gift, something which we humans, in all our rush to conquer have difficulty imagining.

    so this is Christmas


    not trying to fuss, just a difference of opinion.

    zaac


    Posted By zaac | Dec 24, 2007
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    CplFerro New Member

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    Dear zaac,

    "Absolutely nothing"? Allow me to choke on my egg-nog. Perhaps we shall debate that point elsewhere, in a more appropriate room.

    And, on that note, I relent, and concede your point.

    Joyous Christyule (Fremen for "Merry Christmas"), friend,

    Cpl Ferro


    Posted By CplFerro | Dec 24, 2007
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