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Sonnet: Christmas with Dark Meat

by John Kendall Hawkins


I've always found Christmas a winterland of right

goodness, with flakes to die for, silver screens falling,

lit with our collective introjections piled high

in a blizzard that sweeps down from a darkling sky;

or else ashes, pages of history calling

for our attention, set ablaze by madmen (white)

at war with memory; and Christmas brings old smiles

back, lost in the general deconstruction of mind --

Aunt Jenny returned from the abstract to the kiss

on the concrete lips, look: all afterimage bliss

still not fully faded; it's the blind leading the blind,

and you find that you're not immune to her known wiles.

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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Oceania.

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