February 7, 2013

Calvary Wonderland

I just added a new poem to Lionel Deimel’s Farrago. The words were sung to the tune of “Winter Wonderland,” and they were inspired by a cold snap at a summer camp. A detailed explanation can be found on my Web site, but I reproduce the poem below.


Calvary Wonderland
by the Deimels

Sleigh bells ring; are you listenin’?
In the lane, snow is glistenin’—
A beautiful sight;
We’re happy tonight,
Campin’ in a Calvary wonderland.

Gone away are the bluebirds;
Have to stay are some new birds;
They sing a cold song
As we shiver along,
Campin’ in a Calvary wonderland.

In the KYBO we can build a snowman
And pretend that he is Father John;
He’ll say, “Are you warm” and we’ll say, “No, man”;
How d’ya turn the silly heater on?”

When it snows, ain’t it thrillin’,
Though your nose gets a chillin’?
We’ll frolic and play
The Episcopal way,
Campin’ in a Calvary wonderland.

In the morning you can be a Penguin
Even if you don’t go in the pool;
From the Rec to the Hen House to the cabins,
Everyone in camp is really cool!

Later on, we’ll retire
By the old campfire;
We’ll face unafraid
Frostbite and first-aid,
Campin’ in a Calvary wonderland.

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