Grade 10 students Zoey and Madison Russell at Bayside Academy in Port Hope Simpson have written a Christmas poem for William’s Harbour.
The poem imagines what happens when Santa visits the abandoned town this Christmas.
Both of the young writers have a personal connection to the now resettled community.
Zoey and Madison’s grandparents were from William’s Harbour and their parents grew up there.
Madison lived there until Grade 3, when the school shut down.
And both girls spent their summers in William’s Harbour.
The poem was written for their English class.
“Christmas in William’s Harbour”
T'was the night before Christmas and all through the harbour
No lights in the town, it couldn't be darker
The doors were locked and the windows were shuttered
St. Nick wasn't getting in 'cause the chimneys were covered
The people were settled all in their new homes
With visions of William's Harbour; places they'd roam
Santa flew over and not a smoke stack was seen
He thought to himself "What does this mean?"
He landed his sleigh on a snow-covered roof
Could this town be resettled? No one had proof
He took one last glance and lit up his pipe
Where did everyone go to start their new life?
He called everyone's name like a teacher in school
But hearing no sound he looked like a fool
"Now, Hob & Dot! Now, Nellie & Bill!
Now, George & Louise! Now, Chrissy & Val!
On Bertha, on Marg, on Rosalind and Free!
Where in the world could all of you be?
He got in his sleigh with a face that was sad
Isn't Christmas a time to be glad?
He flew across the bay to find them all
And the first one he found was Jolly Aunt Laul
He looked through the window, all he saw was a glare
He thought to himself they all must be near
But that wasn't the last time he flew across
He'll go every year to visit the house on the moss
Mike and Pam may be hard to find
There may be a lantern shining through the blind
In the bay he'll find most of the crowd
Carl and Jen will be in the window, some proud
Santa won't forget the town that was jolly and bright
As he skipped the place that was next to the bight
Written by Zoey and Madison Russell