CHRISTMAS TALES - SCROOGE and MARLEY (Deceased)

A POEM by Paul Curtis
BASED ON THE STORY by
Charles Dickens "A CHRISTMAS CAROLĀ

SCROOGE and MARLEY (Deceased) - Stave One - MARLEY'S GHOST

VERSE 1 ' THE PREAMBLE Marley was dead let there be no doubt about that The register was duly signed and can be looked at To argue with the evidence proves to be of no avail Poor Old Jacob Marley was as dead as a doornail

SCROOGE and MARLEY (Deceased) - Stave Five - THE END OF IT

VERSE 1 - REDEMPTION Yes! And the bedpost was his own as was the bed The room was his and the curtains on the bedstead But the Best and happiest of all and most amazing The Time before him was his, to make amends in!

SCROOGE and MARLEY (Deceased) - Stave Four - THE LAST OF THE SPIRITS

VERSE 1 ' THE PHANTOM OF THE FUTURE The Phantom approached slowly, gravely, silently When it came, Scrooge bent down upon his knee For the very air which this spirit moved through It seemed to scatter gloom and mystery in his view

SCROOGE and MARLEY (Deceased) - Stave Three - THE SECOND OF THE THREE SPIRITS

VERSE 1 ' REAWAKENING He woke in the midst of a prodigiously tough snore And sat up to get his thoughts together once more Scrooge had no occasion at all to be told by anyone That the church bell was again upon the stroke of one

SCROOGE and MARLEY (Deceased) - Stave Two - THE FIRST OF THE THREE SPIRITS

VERSE 1 - AWAKENING It was so dark when scrooge awoke from his slumber That he could scarcely see across his bedchamber He was trying to pierce the dark with ferret eyes And he peered out the window at the darkened skies