‘Twas the day after Thanksgiving, when all through the mall,
Parking was not to be found, no spaces at all
With Mom in her minivan, and Dad in a truck,
They spied handicapped spots, glad for such luck.
Hours before opening, crowds gathered by doors,
Who would be first to get in the stores?
Shoppers screaming and shouting, a deafening noise,
Getting into position for electronics and toys.
The doors were flung open; the throng did rush in,
They trampled each other, both kith and kin.
They pushed and they shoved; they seized and they took.
Grabbing item after item without even a look.
When in one of the aisles there arose such a clatter,
Cell phone cameras turned on to catch what was the matter.
Two people determined to buy one Barbie doll;
With no computer skills, was she worth a brawl?
An elderly woman was knocked to the floor;
Yesterday thankful, today they want more.
Now Target! Now Big Lots! Now Nordstrom and K-Mart!
On Costco! On Macy’s! On Best Buy and Walmart!
They came bearing club cards and coupons for sales,
Then dragged themselves home with their booty and tales.
Next year let’s remember the season is still
About joy, peace on Earth, and to all men goodwill.