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Now the Christmas guests are gone

Now the Christmas guests are gone.
At the table where they sat
a smudge of sauce, crumbs of bread.
Out the window, branches of natal plum,
the drip drip of rain on shiny oval leaves,
treacherous thorns; a single pure-white
bloom, five-petaled star: birth from blood.

Frozen dew on branchA college choir from long ago
sings, "all is calm, all is bright."
The tiny tree lights-red, gold,
and green-curtain window panes
and in the air, where all is bare,
the lights take flight, string leafless
limbs, grey misty night.

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This poem originally appeared in The Cresset and reprinted from Carved Like Runes, with permission of Lutheran University Press .

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