This drawing and poem by noted western artist Bill Gollings is courtesy of Bill and Carole Ward of Saratoga. The books are entitled “Bill Collings – A Cowboy Artist” and “More of the Story of Bill Gollings.”
This sure must be the North Pole
Away out here on this divide.
It’s just about the coldest place
I’ve found on any ride.
There’s no recording instrument
Can register the degrees –
It’s so far below the zero mark
There’s a crimp put in the trees.
There must be reindeer I’m a driving –
They belong to Santa Claus –
And no doubt the old boy’s froze to death
Over here in one o’ these draws.
I’ve been wondering all the morning
Just where a warm thing be,
And I find the one and only
Is this with you get from me –
A Merry Christmas
– Bill Gollings, 1931