Song for
the Night after Christmas

by Alice B. Clagett

Night rings like a bell upon the sleeping fields. 

As the bare branch of the black oak
     beseeches an opalescent sky,
     just so tender, dark, and dear,
     Love lays siege to this startled heart.

 Light! Let there be light!
Promise me warm days dancing into summer,
     laughter in a haystack,
     youth renewed,
     and thoughtless moments,
          dreaming time not spent, or earned, or passed –
     one golden moment,
          time turned upside down –
     Hope beyond reason, beyond doubt –
     Oh, let us taste
          Love’s sweet eternal song.

--a gift of love, December 2001


photo by Alice B. Clagett, 2016

from "The Chalice and the Crucible"   Site home page: 2U3D


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