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  • a five hour flight
    long underwear and scarves
    nights of city lights
    snowflakes on my tongue

    Civil War Christmas on stage
    actors, audience, applause
    sleepless nights, reviews
    a child’s story unfolds
    touched and tears

    elephants on the Brooklyn Bridge
    bridge 1, 2, 1, 2
    times 1, 2, 1, 2
    elise, sean, janelle, JJ
    love times 4

    you lie near sleeping
    clomp, one arm
    across my back
    thud, the other one
    I smile

    walking up, down, sideways
    blocks and blocks, subways
    people walking like ants
    ringing bells, ringing ears
    ringing cash registers

    groceries, groceries, groceries
    twenty pounds of potatoes
    up 3 flights of stairs
    to the top of the world
    collapse

    festive table decor
    blue dinosaur piñata on steroids
    filled with halloween candy
    from three years ago
    reeses peanut butter rejects

    Christmas tree, eve, day, night
    ringing, ringing, ringing
    snuggle, cuddle, closer, warmer
    visions of light
    flurry, a snowflake
    caught in the moment

    far away, across the bridge
    that spans the distance
    I call from here to there
    thanking you for being you
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