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She puts on the best Christmas (on visit to Shauna)

I stood close to the fire
watched flames
tell stories of their hunger    
and satisfaction    
I worried    
for the two giant socks    
hanging down    
from the mantle    
her tree    
stood proud, plump    
with gliterful trinkets    
its lights danced, chased  
around the periphery    
then flashed    
a merry choreography    
and she, six, (Shauna's princess)    
was more excited    
than the time her tooth fell out    
she learned of the fairy    
who'd buy it off her  
she shined    
because she knew    
she knew    
because she'd picked    
her gifts out    
and "sent the list    
on time    
and not late"  
I stood    
with my own  
bags of offerings    
[that I didn't mind giving  
just wish    
I didn't have to]  
and I looked at the way  
she'd turned her house    
into a beautiful shrine  
for a man    
who'se never died  
because his rich blood    
hasn't been allowed  
to dry up    
if I should've
brought the kids  
down this road    
all those years ago  
though, if nothing else    
sometimes helped    
to have two sets of eyes  
everything they'd done  
then judging them for it    
four days til christmas  
and I couldn't really say     
I feel any of it    
but I'll put on a good show  
she's put so much work,  
wage to it all    
and the other she, six  
is bursting    
with the magic  
her mother
bought off me
and sold her  
Written by lepperochan (Craic-Dealer)
Author's Note
some thoughts while I await the Christmas spirit to penetrate me...

image: one of her neighbor's gardens. figured it would help :)
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