View Full Version : To Want In Winter

12-25-2015, 09:17 AM
How Human
To cull evergreen
Amid the barren boughs.
Brandish life
When all is wasted
And lay the feast and fire
As gauntlet down
To winds that gnaw and flay.

In vaulted nights
We plumb the basins
Of our breasts for ghosts
Like Marley’s,
Moaning vows
To clank our chains
Once we’ve gone quiet
Beyond our choice.

And you in your anguish.
And I in my doubt
Refuse to mark our breaths
Between the too faint
Tickings of the clock,
Demanding meaning of the void
And for angelsong to fill
A Silent Night.


(I wrote this a long time ago, but can't find where it was originally posted and thought of it tonight, for obvious reasons.)

12-28-2015, 09:20 AM
Really enjoyed this - strong imagery and sonics in S1 & S2 and the subtle lyric/carol references in S3 all combine to deliver a thought-provoking, sad and poetic scene that struck this reader deeply. A lovely and timely poem - thank u!

12-29-2015, 08:45 PM
I agree with Mag. Every bit of her comment, actually.
Very well done, Jamie.
A finely-crafted piece of writing.