Cape Cod Massachusetts USA
Upon the shelves of yuletide cheer
As Christmas shoppers hustle by,
I’ve tried my best to smile this year
Yet all I seem to do is cry.
Another Christmas Day will see
The other teddy bears have gone,
All snuggled under festive trees
To greet the morning’s mirthful throng.
Now “Sunny Bear’s” with little Joy,
“Felicity’s” gone home with Grace,
And “Chipper Bear” is Johnny’s toy
Each child now dons a smiling face
Alone I sit, upon the shelf.
Last minute shoppers wander by,
Yet no one stops – not Santa’s elf.
Must be the sadness in my eye.
I’m different from the other bears
My furry body’s shades of blue
I show no twinkling, smiling fair.
I am a bear whose name is “Rue”
Just then I saw a wistful child
He stopped and tugged his mother’s knee.
I wondered why he hadn’t smiled,
His finger pointed up at me.
“Why do you want this saddened bear?
His tag says that his name is ‘Rue.’
That’s likely why he’s still up there.
He looks so tearful and he’s blue!”
The child looked up at Mom and said
“He isn’t sad, and he’s not blue.
He only seems to be.Instead
That kindly teddy bear is true”
“He cries his “Rue-ful” tears for me.
He takes my sadness as his own.
He sets my heavy burdens free.
So I can smile as yet unknown.”
“We want that little bear called “Rue”
Please take him from his lonely stand.
He’ll bear our rues and burdens too.
A Merry Christmas is at hand!”