Works in the Herald 1935
SANTA - 1935 MODEL
Santa Claus stood and viewed his stock
In neat precision ranged,
And he scratched his head with cap-a-cock,
As he said, "Well, times have changed."
For never a reindeer pawed the earth,
And no sleigh loomed behind,
But a chromium plated thing of worth --
A motor-car, streamlined.
But there wasn't a boat or a building brick
Or a Noah's Ark in sight,
Nor a painted monkey on a stick
For a simple child's delight.
But a triple-engined aeroplane
Was there for momma's pet,
And a very elaborate travelling crane,
And an all-wave wireless set.
No dolls had he for little girls,
Wide-eyed and innocent,
But jewelled slides, for their "perms" and curls,
And vanity-bags and scent.
"Well, a man must move with the times, forsooth,"
Mused the old white-whiskered wraith,
As he dreamed of the days of trusting youth
In a world of simple faith.
"Must wisdom go as knowledge comes
To steal man's youth away?"
And he thought of the joy his dolls and drums
Could wake in an olden day
When less of knowledge and more of mirth
Blessed little girls and boys
And old Kris Kringle roamed the earth
With his quaint old wooden toys.
For it seemed that the earth abandons joy
And the race a precious boon
When the trusting mind of a care-free boy
Grows into a man's too soon.
And he sees in a dream his antlered team
As over the roofs it climbs . . .
But central heating doused that dream,
And a man must move with the times.
So, a sigh for the simpler pleasures gone
With the days that are no more.
And he turns his car's ignition on
And the kicks the engine o'er,
Then he steps on the gas, and the sleek machine
Glides swiftly out of view
As Santa burbles, "Oke, old bean!
Well, I'll be seein' you."
Herald, 16 December 1935, p8