Written in 1990, revised slightly since. The parenthesis is a recent addition. "Winter-hardy leaves" is a phrase from Rilke's Tenth Duino Elegy.
upon this twelfth-month night
a whisper of the brisk miraculous;
all but the evergreens stand bare,
relieved of their burdens
(though a few trees harbour "winter-hardy leaves"):
moonlight assuages the cumulative ill
of the dying year, and an old star guides
wise and foolish alike toward rebirth.
Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas
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Written on 2017-12-26 at 01:12
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