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Christmas Morning
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Mary Jo Balistreri


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In the pale glint of dawn, a hawk darts
across the marsh. I wash dishes from last night’s supper.
Coffee gurgles, filling the glass carafe.
 
Alone at this hour, husband and children still asleep,
I breathe in peace—my hands deep in warm suds,
china and silver soaking amidst the bursts of bubbles,
their reflections tinged pink.
 
Outside a streak of mauve swirls and widens
over the pond, feathery as angel wings
on childhood holy cards. The sun paints
peach hibiscus, dusty blue asters, chrysanthemums,
yellow and spiky—all sprouting from the dark
of December like the star that once glowed
in Bethlehem.



© by Mary Jo Balistreri.
Used with the author's permission.

 


Mary Jo Balistreri is the author of two books of poems published by Bellowing Ark press, a chapbook published by Tiger's Eye Press and a new book, Still, just out from Future Cycle Press. She has been learning and writing Japanese forms for several years now and finds haiku, tanka and haibun a wonderful way to be in the moment. Mary Jo is a member of Grace River Poets, which presents readings for schools, churches, and women's shelters. Learn more about her at maryjobalistreripoet.com.

          

 


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wordartdjc:
Lovely!
Posted 12/27/2018 02:19 PM
TheSilverOne:
Beautiful Poem!!! Merry Christmas, Mary Jo....DorisBezio.~
Posted 12/26/2018 10:50 PM
tiddles:
Washing dishes is indeed meditative, calming, as are your use of color words to take us quietly to calm.
Posted 12/26/2018 07:47 PM
barbsteff:
The colors of Christmas, reflecting in the early morning. Lovely.
Posted 12/25/2018 05:32 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful!
Posted 12/25/2018 03:43 PM
Charly:
Breath taking images.
Posted 12/25/2018 12:58 PM
mjorlock:
Quietly reflective and vivid, perfect for Christmas morning.
Posted 12/25/2018 11:48 AM
Arlene Gay Levine:
A heart-warming word painting...especially love the last line. Thanks, Jo.
Posted 12/25/2018 11:38 AM
cork:
I love your colors.
Posted 12/25/2018 09:31 AM
plgoodman:
Dearest Jo, you have done it again! You're skill has presented us with perfect, gentle thoughts for a hopeful world. Thank you!
Posted 12/25/2018 09:31 AM
michael escoubas:
Jo, what a rich use you make of nouns and verbs bringing me with you in a solitary moment like the Gift of all Gifts, beautiful beyond the words that tell of it. Thank you!
Posted 12/25/2018 08:02 AM
gailcomorat:
What a joyful way to wake this morning to this poem! Merry Christmas, dear Jo!
Posted 12/25/2018 07:22 AM
Larry Schug:
How fortunate and privileged we are that we can write poems of grace, peace and beauty amidst the chaos of this world in which we live, myself included. My prayer is to let our words spread this good will to all.
Posted 12/25/2018 06:43 AM


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