Before Christmas

Wednesday 16/12/2020

Think

snowberry/acorn-green/nut-brown.

 

Pin up

holly-red and hawthorn crowns

threaded

with shedded wool all round,

to

soften the song the mistle thrush throws.

 

Say goodbye to waking in the night

to deathwatch knocks turning time back,

and waterlogging fallen trunks and

branches creaking as they crack.

 

Light a candle,

clove an orange, and

hand out hearth-hot cups.

 

Ignite the coals, and

as the grate gets a-glowing,

engrace each padded patchwork stocking.

Published by Kay Keenan

Kay Keenan writes poetry and fiction, and her story "Shoes and Trews and Shell Dust" was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction prize, and published in their anthology "with one eye on the cows". She works as a holistic therapist in the country of Cumbria.

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