Winter Lullaby

 

 

By the Tokyo Museum rabbit chopstick rests

by the Home for the Holidays scented red candle

 

by the old dog and the young child sleeping

in lamplight, wind more whine than howl

 

we eat chocolate by shameless fistfuls, butter

toast from crust to crust because it’s freezing

 

make payments, pawprints on this new shore,

these yellow sands we’ve come unto.

 

 

Margaret Young  is the author of Willow from the Willow (Cleveland State University Poetry Center) and Almond Town (Bright Hill Press). Her chapbook Blight Summer is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, and her translation of Sergio Inestrosa's Espacio Improbable de un Haikú has just been published by Obsidiana Press.

 

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