Friday, December 04, 2015


When I was five
I became aware that
December days were played
like a game of moral dice
against an Advent calendar
where each day was marked
with little paper flaps
noting misbehavior
and since Santa was
always keeping lists
like a roly-poly bully
who lurked in winter's
shadowy chill and mist
and I knew that
he could watch me
through the TV set.