I’m entering another contest! Why? Because I learn a lot when I step outside my writing comfort zone. For Susanna Hill’s Holiday Contest we were given the theme of “Holiday Helpers” to work with in 250 words or less. I hope you enjoy my entry, inspired by the endless amounts of tinsel around my house this year. Ho-ho-ho, everyone! 🙂
The holidays are here and there’s so much to do!
Just me and my mom, we’re too small a crew.
How will we manage to cook, clean, and shop,
when I still have school and her work doesn’t stop?
Then Sparkle 3000 arrives at our door.
Arms like an octopus, he rolls on the floor.
He gets straight to work and says, “Please, excuse me.”
His lights blink and flash like our new Christmas tree.
He shakes out the carpets and dusts every shelf,
flashing and humming like a big metal elf.
He straightens and sweeps, tosses trash in the bin.
This robot works hard! It makes my head spin!
“He did it! It’s done!” All is shiny and new.
But Sparkle keeps going, even when we’re through.
So tired from watching, we collapse in our beds,
as gingerbread dreams dance in our heads.
When morning arrives, I creep out to see
that Christmas is gone! “How can this be?
You took down our tree because it’s not neat?”
The presents and turkey are piled on the street!
“I want to be helpful.” Sparkle turns blue.
“I’ll learn to do better, I can watch you.”
I say, “We must fix this!” Sparkle’s lights flash.
“I’ll teach you the difference. Treasure or trash?”
A few hours later, Mom wakes and comes out.
“A perfect holiday,” she says without doubt.
I wink at Sparkle. “No working today.”
He slumps in a chair with one word, “Okay.”