a sleigh flies past
swish, swish
going who knows where?
who knows what the driver
heavily muffled
is thinking
to drive so fast?

the young girl looks out the window
and sees him soaring by
tsk, tsk
what is he doing?
she wonders aloud.
why won't he stop
and enjoy the ride?
the winter wonderland
flying by?

and what of it?
asks the child
laugh, laugh
as his grandmother tells him the story.
what is wrong with driving so fast?
as they whip by the little house
squatting in the woods
as it was
long, long ago.