From 1988. Lately revised, re-shaped.

A Christmas Triptych

A song of smoke whirls from chimney

snowflakes alight from darkened dome
onto the rooftops of cherished houses


Turtledoves seek haven at the hearth
fiery surprises masked in red & green
spin yarn in corners of childhood reach


Angels whirl amid fractions of ice
that dance        unstringed balloons
heedless of gravity


Midnight comes        candles flicker
to herald the coming of anointed children

Wise men bring stars

to face the desert chill




Mountaintop prophets

hold gloved hands
and wait for valley-bells

to wake the hills


Light watchful lanterns

in the clear holiday




Candle-bulbs & wreathèd trunks
fleeting carols sung to the wind
in anxious salutation


smoky breath
white-bearded fences


Walk through snow-robed pine-groves
greet friends gathered by a fireplace
music of gifts        jingle of chatter


loaves of fish & creels of Christmas bread


this night of affection

this night of faith

Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2017-12-22 at 08:31

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josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
This truly is Byzantine and mystical in its imagery’