…a poem for Brent, LeAnna, Ella, Mabel, Beatrix, and Gilead.
Bake, and make, and wrap, and hide;
The year’s turn waits on Christmastide.
Let nothing you dismay; wassail;
Deck, and don, and troll the carol.
Sing, rejoice, ring out the bells–
Live the times the story tells–
Light the candles to remember
Shines-Beyond-Frost each dark December
But first: make ready. Day by day
Let what approaches rule your way.
Trim, and set, look East, make fair
–make room. Keep hushed, tense watch. Prepare.