2012-12-21 / Columnists

Boyle-ing Points

A Rockaway Carol
Commentary By Kevin Boyle

’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Rock
There were broken hearts on every block
Where only chimneys remained, no stockings were there
It was easy to fall to a state of despair
Where were the children, were they snug in their beds?
Or did visions of fire dance in their heads
And me in my cap, a tear in my eye
Was suddenly jostled by a strange burly guy

He said don't you remember, this is the beach
Happy days are coming and all within reach
The place took a pounding, of that there's no doubt
But the last thing you do is count us out

We don't do it alone, we pull as a team
He said as he jumped onto a high standing beam

On Hipsters! Now Helpsters! Now Mormons! Now Amish
On Graybeards and Vollies and Rockaway Wish !
They help away, help away, they help away all.

This jolly old guy he was dressed all in green
The heartiest guy I had ever seen

I hastened to say you've forgotten the best
You’ve neglected the bunch who never did rest

He shot me a smile, his dimples so merry
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry

Then a huge white sleigh came out of the sky
And carved on its sides was DSNY

He sprang to the sleigh ever so quick
And finally I realized it Sanitation Saint Nick

Before I could say you’ve done us so right
I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight

He said it once, then said it again
Rockaway Rises And Rises Again!

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