THE CHRISTMAS TREE
by Bruce Kiskaddon (1878-1950)
They’ve been to get their Christmas tree, they hadn’t far to go.
They live in that high country where young timber starts to grow.
The day is cold the snow is new, there’s not so many tracks.
The dad has got the Christmas tree, the kid he has the ax.
You notice by the chimney that the fire place is wide.
They have their house built strong and low, it’s plenty warm inside.
They’ve got a set of good corrals besides a stable too;
They are fixed up pretty handy fer a place to winter through.
And when they put the candles on it’s easy to believe
How that tree will look by fire light this comin’ Christmas eve.
There won’t be any carols sung, there won’t be no organ play
But they’ll have a happy Christmas in them hills so far away.
I’ll bet the old man’s thinkin’ back to when he was a kid.
How folks would spend their Christmas and the things he got and did.
Of course the kid, he looks ahead, he don’t think of the past,
But he’ll soon have Christmas memories that he’ll keep until the last.
Bruce Kiskaddon wrote several Christmas poems, and we look forward to posting more during the season, as a part of the 20th annual Christmas at the BAR-D.
Kiskaddon worked for ten years as a cowboy, starting in 1898, working in southeastern Colorado’s Picketwire area. Find much more about Kiskaddon: many of his poems; a feature about Bill Siems’ monumental Open Range that collects nearly 500 of Kiskaddon’s poems; Siems’ collection of Kiskaddon’s short stories, Shorty’s Yarns; and more at CowboyPoetry.com.
Look for our multi-CD release, MASTERS: VOLUME THREE, the poems of Bruce Kiskaddon, recited by a great community of cowboy poets, available in April, 2019. Find information about all of the MASTERS CDs here.
The CDs are offered to libraries across the West in Cowboy Poetry Week’s Rural Library Program. If you’d like your library to be included, email us.
Support the BAR-D before January 1 with a donation of $40 or more and you’ll receive the CD and the 2019 Cowboy Poetry Week poster by Shawn Cameron Western. Join us! Find information here.
This poem is in the public domain.