Written in 1990, revised slightly since. The parenthesis is a recent addition. "Winter-hardy leaves" is a phrase from Rilke's Tenth Duino Elegy.


Festivities bestow

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 The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2017-12-26 at 01:12

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Very nice.

one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
Very gentle in thought and execution. Very nice to read. Merry Christmas.