The Sports+ Lounge presents: 'Reindeer Games' by Jaylon Thompson

Jaylon Thompson
USA TODAY Sports+

Welcome to the USA TODAY Sports+ Lounge! The premier place for all creatives to showcase their talents. Every Friday, we will spotlight artistic content for the 2021 NFL season. 

This week, USA TODAY Sports+ community engagement producer Jaylon Thompson presents "Reindeer Games" in the lounge. The poem is told from the perspective of a young reindeer getting ready for the holiday season. 

Sit back, relax and enjoy "Reindeer Games" by Jaylon Thompson. 

Reindeer Games

Atop the rooftop, lights flicker in sequence.

Red. Green. Yellow. Blue. 

While the sounds of footsteps can be identified by the proverbial shoe. 

This building is special and has been for years. 

It’s seen a lot of history,

Like the time Rudolph crash landed last century.

My silly uncle always driving fast.

There’s got to be a reason he acts like the ghost of Christmas past. 

This year is different, I suppose. 

You never know when the Reindeer Games unfold. 

Blitzen and Dasher stay in contention,

But my money is on Prancer to complete the mission.

Soon, it will be my time. 

The next generation to spin the world on a dime. 

Santa will watch, but he is a busy man.

7 billion kids await his arrival. 

Gifts and presents make him their idol.

One day, that will be me leading the troop. 

For now, I’ll just make my list and check it twice.

We already know who’s naughty or nice. 

See you after the Reindeer Games. 

Oh one more thing,

Scouts the name. 

Catch my uncle and the others coming down Christmas lane. 

One day, I will be doing the same.