Secret Santa

Paul received the present
pleasantly enough
until he unwrapped it
and found a bullet
with “for your brain”
written on it.

Happily it arrived
without an implementation device
such as a revolver
by makers
like Colt, Remington
or Smith & Wesson.

But who knew
what Paul would find
under the tree
Christmas morning—
or afternoon
if he slept late
from too much nog
and wassail
on Christmas Eve.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney

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