Happy Holidays, everyone! It’s the 20th anniversary of the holiday favorite, “Twas the Night Before Chitlásha,” and to celebrate the Tékumel Foundation has brought in a special guest to read you this holiday classic. Jump to the end of the poem to listen!
Twas The Night Before Chitlásha
by Bob Alberti
©1995 Bob Alberti, Jr. with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, M. A. R. Barker, Santa Claus, and most of Western Civilization.
Twas the Night before Chitlásha and all through the clan
The children were nestled all snug on their mats,
When out in the courtyard there arose such a clatter
The moons on the breasts of the demon Quyó
Then out leapt a creature with a nose glowing red
“Now DASHER! now DANCER, now PRANCER and VIXEN!
As leaves which before a wild hurricane fly
And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof
He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot
His eyes, how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
He was chubby and plump, like a demonic peasant,
He spoke not a word for the spell he would work
Third Wife’s Ruby Eye also captured the sleigh
I rewarded Third Wife with thesun and gold
You can roleplay in Tékumel with the rules found in Béthorm by Jeff Dee available at bethorm.com.
If you enjoy “The Night Before Chitlásha” and you’re in the Twin Cities, come see a new comedy written by Bob Alberti with director Susanne Becker, “Hard Wired,” opening January 7th at the Bryant Lake Bowl.
And Bob Alberti performs adult insult comedy with Vilification Tennis at 10 pm on Saturday Night, December 26th, also at the Bryant Lake Bowl.
Without further ado, here is your special reading of