An act has parts: (A), (B), (C)
ACT A: SANTA’S WAR PATH!
As Santa attacks naval yards,
Canada and Japan amass an armada at Panama’s canal.
Alas, Santa’s lava ax starts a land war as ash falls.
“What can calm Santa?”, a dad asks.
“HA! HA! HA!”, Santa barks back.
As grand as Santa was,
Santa was fast.
And Santa’s bag had maps.
Naval and land maps.
A man warns: flank and attack Santa, ASAP!
ACT B: STALL SANTA’S WAR!
Lay a trap. A tall Santa falls hard.
A standard war plan:
Tanks! Tanks! Tanks!
And splash napalm at Santa’s land.
A pagan’s war chant:
A stray cat claws at Santa’s pajamas and hat.
All fatal plans!
A jazz band’s fallback plan:
Play a ballad, stall Santa’s attack.
ACT C: SANTA SLAYS
All plans had flaws.
As hard as war was,
Sparta had a plan.
‘Twasn’t Santa’s war.
‘Twasn’t Santa’s wrath.
‘Twasn’t Santa at all.
‘Twas a madman at Santa’s hangar.
‘Twas a mask.
‘Twas an anagram.
A final plan, a papal plan: Pray.
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