Innocent

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I hear the neighbor scraping
snow from our sidewalk,
it is an act of gratitude for
use of our driveway, although
we never require repayment

I would prefer to allow snow
to pile up for a little longer,
to see its pure white face
untouched, at peace, before
innocence is lifted away

But snow continues to
fall, covers the neighbor’s
scratch marks, leaves an icy
under glaze for unwary feet
braving the frigid storm,
unaware of hidden danger

This in-between time, between
the years, between dark and
lightening of days I watch
in gratitude flakes covering the
ground, a hushed season’s rite

Sun hidden in between infinity
and cloud, yet light reflects,
diffused, remains bright enough
to find my way through the day
if I were to venture out

In between me and you I
diffuse your light, your
whispered words of grace,
boundaries dissolve in your
patient hands, you await me

Holy Innocents

4th Day of Christmas/December 28th

In winter when cold hovers long with breath so bitter it
burns making its way down the throat like a shot of good

bourbon, and fingers bend resistantly but dutifully to
commands, here I sit on this ice box step the fourth day

of Christmas watching neighbor children skate without
blades where curbbed water did not drain and is now

joined with the sidewalk and level with the neighbor’s
driveway. They push and shove and snort as they tumble,

the smallest bravely taking each spill less padded than the
others. Holy Innocents at play under a grey day in Colorado

where the sun bids an early farewell leaving us to warm our
bones and hearts left out in the chill with unfeigned shenanigans.

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Author’s Note:

And on the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me “four calling birds,” apparently one way tradition gave to children as a means to remember there are four Gospels in the New Testament. Also this day commemorates the Feast of the Holy Innocents, as in the book of Matthew The Coventry Carol was written for this day.