Mary’s Christmas Tree

Mary’s Christmas Tree

When you believe in the magic of dreams
even when red yellow orange leaves lie frozen in the gutter
earth hard, daylight short, darkness long,
that your dream and wish will come true
even when you go out into the cold to feed the winter birds
your wish rises in the misty breath of your prayers
even though you have to pull your jacket tighter
head bowing to the wind, believing
even on the coldest, darkest of nights
your wish, believing it will come true and
tugging the night-covers up to your chin
you swear you will lie awake to see it happen
and prove at least to yourself that you are not crazy
in the magic of this night. But you fail and fall into
snoring slumber, worry wrinkles your brow,
tight fingers grip the blanket close to your face and you dream
deeper and deeper until nature calls.
So you arise to answer her summons
groggily, groping the darkness through the hallways
rubbing your eyes to wakefulness, and turning the corner
oh–Oh? OH! There before you
glowing with colored lights,
your Christmas tree, twinkling with Santa’s magic
red yellow green frosty white lights
circling from below to the tip-top of the tree
glowing, sparkling as your heart throbs, OH!
Because you believe.

(c) 2007 Santa


About Ciletti

Jim Ciletti, an award winning poet, filmmaker, and author, is the 2010-2012, Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak region, and for 41 years, poet-in-residence for the Orme School Fine Arts Festival. Jim gives many workshops on the writing and performance of poetry, and makes poetry house calls to create personal poetry events. Ciletti loves everything Italian, including cooking for family and friends, and loves to plant garlic, make homemade wine, and eating peaches and plums. "Everyday is Christmas, but you don't always get everything you ask for. Sometimes more. Poetry celebrates life."
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