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Yorkshire Christmas Poems

By Josie Whitehead

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By Josie Whitehead

Goodbye Christmas Peacock

A Christmas peacock ruled our town 
     For many countless years,
And he, and other Christmas lights,
     Were met each year with cheers.
That proud peacock bedazzled folk
     Who walked along the street,
But once the celebrations ceased
     His job was quite complete.

Packed in his box by council staff,
    He’d stay there for the year,
But when next Advent season came,
      He'd haughtily appear.

For certain he would be fetched out
      And once more be admired,
But some folk thought it might be best
     If peacock was retired.  


Last year he didn’t grace our town.
     Oh how we missed that bird! -
But much discussion showed the fact
     That new lights were preferred. 

So now a million fairy lights 
     Bedeck our town today, 
And after Christmas, someone asked 
     If these new lights might stay.
They shine out from the cherry trees 
     That line our busy streets -
And a million tiny Christmas lights 
     On summer nights look sweet!

Our bandstand also brightly shines 
      With multi-coloured lights 
And all these lights, seen from above,
     Shine like a diamond bright. 

Now Ilkley, known as Bradford's gem,
     Outshines the stars above, 
And we, who proudly boast of this,
     Speak of these lights with love.

But poor old peacock – what of him? -
     Oh, let me dry my eyes. 
Has peacock joined celestial friends
      To floodlight Heaven's night skies? 


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