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Archive for February 3rd, 2011

The Trade

By Halifax

Six Letters to Santa

negotiating alpine trees
trade shade for sunlight
withering with excess
those that hold out
for better terms

the first step
to learning her name
requires uncovering her preferences

her friends betray her easy enough
if you first ask in confidence
she prefers receiving her name to giving it

she believes confession to be a sacred exchange
she only extends credit
for the last word

the wife’s christmas tree
lit up like a burning bush
dedicated to the worth of barefoot children
awed by the glory assembled before them

sputtered values and measures
lie hidden in a gift box of belief
where the card says be
and the rest means what you think it does.

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