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Year 2: Day 79 – The Day After Christmas

And the Grinch’s big heart,
on the day after Christmas,
shrank three sizes back down
like it never even happened.

Something had changed,
though he didn’t know what,
the radios were back
to playing their smut.

There were still so many needy
but no one cared anymore,
the red buckets were gone,
no more bells at the door.

Buying candy canes at Walmart
for half price, he felt adrift
in a sea of ungrateful customers
returning their gifts

and like it happens every year,
they’d finally noticed what they’d spent
and though holiday cheer was fun,
they still had to pay the rent.

In fact, Christmas didn’t seem
to have changed an awful lot-
life hadn’t really improved
despite the presents they’d got

and so the Grinch went back to work,
back to his selfish past
to learn his lesson again next year,
a lesson that wouldn’t last.

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