World of Words: November poetry competition winner

The Legend of the Golden Cloud, by Gill Kelly

A gilded cloud in a golden sky

One wintry day went scudding by,

It gathered gold from the rainbow’s end

Then headed North to meet a friend

Who lived in a cold land far away

With reindeer and an open sleigh.

The gold bought lots of gifts and toys

To bring delight to girls and boys.

On a freezing night, calm and still

A laden sleigh came over the hill

With the golden cloud by its side

So that Santa Claus could easily hide

From all the childish, prying eyes

That gazed towards the jet black skies.

This time the cloud was filled with snow

Which it scattered on the fields below,

Then it disappeared like a Will-o-the-Wisp

As Christmas dawned, cold and crisp.

So when you see a cloud of gold

Remember the tale that’s just been told,

Be good and kind, and full of cheer

Then the golden cloud will be back next year