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‘Twas The Night

‘Twas two days before Christmas, and all through Manhattan Storage Were units so full, ‘cept one I was trying to forage

Searching through piles and boxes galore My client had stuff from a decade or more

There were boxes of photos and bags full of books Each trip to the dumpster I’d garner some looks

My client had hired me to “de-box” her room Which when all said and done, did increase her legroom

She’d been paying for years, month after month The total was staggering. All that for some junk?

She left in an Uber car, with a few things to keep While I sorted through the rest of the mountainous heap

Toys, books, stuffed animals and stuff kids adore They’d been boxed up since 20-06, but no more

I called around to every donation spot But no one was taking, and I had me a lot

Finally the Salvation Army agreed To take all these items to give those in need

But again I was stuck, for the place was not near How would I get all these toys there? Oh dear!

As I pondered the dilemma there appeared a large truck And three strapping men, oy vey, what good luck!

I approached the guys, each of them, one by one, And said, “I need a lift to bring toys to the young!”

They looked at me and then looked away Would they blow me off or help save the day?

“We’ve got a few other jobs to do, so you see.” I flashed a few twenties and soon they found time that was free

They lifted the boxes and stowed them away In their truck I quickly nicknamed Santa’s Sleigh

And off we did go, heading uptown with delight To bring joy and a smile before Christmas Eve night

The moral of this tale is when you clean out your stuff Good things can happen and that’s more than enough

To fill your heart with joy just by lessening your load But if that’s not reason enough, then enjoy your crowded abode

A happy and a merry to all!

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