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So, with great Christmas cheer, we make our leave
And sit among, unclear, the endless weave
Of presents stashéd here. Our shoulders heave
As wrapping tasks are cleared on Christmas Eve.

But it’s okay;
       As long as hour’s work makes people smile,
       And jumpers made are worn with gaudy style,
       Then all the labour of the night’s worthwhile
On Christmas Day.
Oh dear, I appear to have done a thing.

A 'Wakefield stanza' is a specific rhyme scheme from the Wakefield Mystery Plays. The rhyme scheme can be interpreted as either ABABABABCDDDC or AAAABCCCB; therefore, the poem could also be written with the first stanza split into 8 lines (defined by the bold/normal text).

Anyway, enough literary context; my girlfriend wanted me to write a Christmas poem for her to put in all her gifts to people, so she challenged me to write a Wakefield stanza.


(Plus, it doesn't HAVE to be mainly in iambic pentameter. That's just a Shakespearean bonus :star:)
TheBandBrony Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Writer
I couldn't help but grin. This fits the intimate feeling sitting around a tree on Christmas Eve brings about.
C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Writer
Love the Wakefield style, it turned out really well. You should be pleased.
Angelfire115 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you; hopefully this will signal a new writing enthusiasm again, provided the rest of my life doesn't get in the way... :)
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