Tap, tap, tap go the knuckles
Any mummers allowed in here?
someone shouts, and the rest giggle
In they traipse in all kinds of getups
bras on the men and girdles on some
with ugly sticks in their hands
A few drinks are shared with the group
and some toe tapping Irish music is turned on
and boy, do they step er out in the middle of the floor!
The guessing goes on the whole time
the feeling to figure out if he’s a she or
she’s a he and arms get smacked to protest
The laughter and fun continue until
pillowcases or masks are unveiled and
the drinks are finished-time to move on!
Are you coming with us? someone says
and off I go to get ready in my husband’s gear
that’s been ready since the phone call earlier
Tap, tap, tap! at the next neighbour’s door
“Any mummers allowed in?” I shout and in we go!
- VIDEO: The Onion takes on mummering (cbc.ca)
- Hundreds of mummers parade in St. John’s (cbc.ca)
- Christmas rocks the Rock (thestar.com)