A Literary Christmas Celebration Presents Pat G’Orge-Walker

Pookie’s Big Christmas
by Pat G’Orge-Walker
(c) 2002

T’was the night before Christmas
And Pookie awoke
He ran to his piggybank
Pookie was broke…

“It’s a shame, I’m so po’.”
He cried out loud
Pookie was brave
Still broke and still proud

Broke, butwanted to decorate
Ran to his closet, open the door
A box of junk fell out
Knocked Pookie to the floor.

Out spilled Easter bunny
Used over a dozen times
A box of cherry bombs
From July 4th and left behind

Kicked the boxes aside
Got down on his knees
“I know I got a baby Jesus—”
But where, he couldn’t see.

He found a Halloween pumpkin
Two black Barbies and a Ken doll
Wrapped them in tissue
Carefully, so they wouldn’t fall

Why he had two dolls
Was anybody’s guess
Determined to have Christmas
Pookie only wanted to be blessed

He found a shoebox
Filled it with rye bread
Had no sheep or cows for the manger
Used an Easter bunny instead

Pookie grabbed the two Barbies
And the Ken
Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus
He’d pretend

Lit the cherry bombs—Ka Boom!
shredded that pumpkin
“Merry Christmas!” Pookie hollered.
At least it was sumpthin’

Suddenly to his surprise
Came a knock on the door
Eight police cars
Followed by more….

“We got a complaint about you.
You going to jail
Ain’t no use in resisting
You po’ and can’t raise bail!”

Pookie started cryin’
Curled up like a mouse.
“Ya’ll having Christmas
Down at that jailhouse?”

“We’ve got turkey, pies,
taters, greens and cake–”
Why you asking?
Did you light those bombs by mistake?”

“Oh no!” Pookie screamed
Wiping tears from his eyes.
“I think I should do time.”
The police were surprised.

As they led Pookie away
He turned around and smiled.
He winked at Mary, Joseph and Jesus
“Thank You. See ya’ll in a while–”

On to the jailhouse, give me turkey, pie and cake
Come on buttermilk biscuits, collards and shakes
Bring the lima beans, ham, some stuffing and more
Pookie couldn’t wait to go through the jail house door.

Anyone with good sense
Would have been annoyed
But Pookie had been broke
Hungry, busted and unemployed

Pookie finally had his Christmas
Ate inside his jail cell
He burped and belched a carol
It was Pookie’s Noel….

They came the day after
To set Pookie free
He punched out one cop
Kicked another in his knee

“Oh no! He did not hit me!”
One poor cop whined.
“Oh yes, I did.
I guess I’ll have to do more time.”

“Lock that cell door!”
The cop started to bleed
Pookie hollered real loud
“What ya’ll serving New Years Eve?”

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the G’Orge-Walker Family.

Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season.


Pat G’Orge-Walker is the Essence® bestselling author of Somewhat Saved; Cruisin’ on Desperation; Mother Eternal Ann Everlastin’s Dead; Sister Betty, God’s Calling You, Again!; and contributed a short story to the anthology Proverbs for the People is also a former Doo Wop singer and record industry veteran. Growing up a preacher’s kid gave G’Orge-Walker a quirky perspective on the church community and inspired her to create a one-woman comedy show centering on Sister Betty, an elderly super saint whose unchristian-like behavior blocks her blessings. With the success of the Sister Betty comedy show, G’Orge-Walker turned her humor and imagination to writing. She resides in Long Island , New York , with husband Rob. Visit her online at www.SisterBetty.com and www.myspace.com/sisterbettycomedy.

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. LaShaunda at 7:59 am

    Thanks for my Christmas laugh. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

    Ty, thanks so much for putting this together. I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s posts.