“He went to church and walked about the streets and watched the people hurrying to and fro … and found he took pleasure in it all.”A Christmas Carol
fruitcake and wrapping presents,
the lighting of candles,
giving a waitperson a stunning tip,
stuffing the bell-ringers kettle,
and making amends
on the debts of my heart.
I’ll party with anyone who asks —
even my relations,
visit a friend who doesn’t expect me,
greet someone on the street
who long may have given up on
I haven’t missed it –
and now I can live a little in the past
and the present and the future,
balanced on love.
I will keep Christmas well –
March and June and gold October, too,
even Advent, when it comes again.