Over The River and Through the Woods

by Amelia

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Over the river and through the woods
To Grandmother's house we go.
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
Through white and drifted snow.
Vin and Ezra off to get Nettie's Christmas tree,
They search far and high finally happy finding and see,
What both believe is perfect in shape and size,
Together they work one holds and one chops by an by.
Over the river and through the woods,
Oh, how the wind does blow.
It stings the toes and bites the nose
As over the ground we go.
Ezra pulls the tree toward him as Vin swings the final hit,
Suddenly out of the limbs did come a squirrel having a fit,
Up his arm to his shoulder in Ezra's face did he go,
Chattering and tail a twitching how upset letting them know.
Over the river and through the woods
To have a full day of play.
Oh, hear the bells ringing ting-a-ling-ling,
For it is Christmas Day.
In his haste to dislodge the beast backward steps turns to fall,
Sputtering in surprise with snow down his collar and Vin's laughter does call,
The furry critter disappearing as Vin steps over offering his hand and grin,
"Mr. Tanner, Not one word do I want to hear. This is your fault." He defends
Over the river and through the woods,
Trot fast my dapple gray;
Spring o'er the ground just like a hound,
For this is Christmas Day.
Vin getting Ezra back up and the two going back to the job at hand,
Together once more they work to bind the tree with a rope band,
Tying the rope end to the saddle gathering up there things,
Ezra went backwards fearing the returning diving squirrel had fangs.
Over the river and through the woods
And straight through the barnyard gate.
It seems that we go so dreadfully slow;
It is so hard to wait.
Vin could not believe what he saw as the squirrel through snow clumps,
On his now wet friend who landed in the creek covered in frozen lumps,
Grinning madly as he once again stepped in to help, as the critter running away,
Vin got Ezra out wrapped in a blanket and then mounted on his golden bay.
Over the river and through the woods,
Now Grandma's cap I spy.
Hurrah for fun; the pudding's done;
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie.
The two men riding in to Nettie´s front yard dragging the tree,
Stopping just in front of the house, with Ezra giving a plea,
"Mr. Tanner I must ask you do not repeat of the incident out there"
"Ezra it ain´t me you got to worry on," Vin did answer with care,
Pointing to the tree there sat Ezra´s squirrel with snow clumps loaded for bear.