Christmas Poetry: “Santa” by Gary R. Hess – From ‘X-Mas in Shorts’

“Santa” is a short contemporary Christmas poem written by Gary R. Hess in celebration of its namesakes fantastic and lovable mythical character. The poem describes Santa Claus’s clothes, hair, eyes, glasses, and other characteristics using imagery, similes and other poetic elements. The writing is suitable for children of all ages and is an incredible way to start the holidays or read on Christmas eve along with Twas the Night Before Christmas.

“Santa” was originally published in X-Mas in Shorts: Poetry for Christmas Cheer (Bright Dreams Journal Book 8) along with various other Christmas holiday poems.

SANTA by Gary R. Hess

His swollen face
was littered with cotton-like
hairs as fine and as thin as sand.
His eyes were round and
big like apples

but as blue as Summer’s noon sky.
His thin-wired eyes were
rested upon his nose
like a grandfather reading the news.
His ears were tucked snuggly
under his rose-colored cap
and lined with white fleece;
not unlike his beard.

Gary R. Hess

Gary was born and raised on a small farm in rural Kansas. Today, he is teaching various nationalities English in Southeast Asia. Get his newest poetry eBook here.