Christmas Hearts

 

Nancy

 

  

I’m sleeping

No

I’m just awake

Lying on the couch

Mary’s quilt so light

So warm

 

He covered me

 

It’s Christmas Eve

Or is it still

I hear the quiet carol play

Embers dozing on the hearth

 

He had the logs ablaze

When I got home tonight

I worried for poor Santa Claus

He smiled at that

And then we kissed

Angels we have heard on high

I sang to him

He kissed me twice again

 

One eye open now

Our tree

Gone dark

Yet tinsel strands

Dance

In fire’s light

 

Across the room

Hands clasped behind his back

He gazes out

Our winter garden calls to him

 

Merry Christmas Catherine

Into his warmth I lean

My arms a living wreath

Encircle him

 

Is it Christmas then

I ask

I think so

Yes

He says

Christmas Past is due at one

I thought to let you sleep till then

He turns and kisses me

 

Marley’s been

I sniff

Pretend

Brimstone

 

He grins

 

Come

Find a coat

Your scarf

And gloves

Come

Out

Into the snow

We’ll search the sky

This sacred night

For that one special star

 

I’ll know it

Vincent

Shining

Brighter

New

And 

You

Aglow

Within its holy light

Beauty

Goodness

All unconscious

Humble

 

He shakes his head

Denies my words

Into their place he says my name

Tells me

I’m

His Christmas blessing

 

Hand in hand we step into the snowy dark

No star to seek

For all have shone upon us

It is enough

We are

Together

At Christmas

 

 

Merry Christmas, H

2010