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Poetry #467
(published December 31, 2009)
Christmas Tea
by Joanna M. Weston
aunts    uncles    cousins
grouped Christmas-wise
round a fruit-cake
that wore a wide red frill

the aunts' mouths
gaped shining teeth
within their jollity of lips

laughter blossomed with black-jack
which I couldn't understand
I sat on two cushions
matchsticks beside
cards in front
still too young to know

gossip-jokes clattered
until goodbyes came
and we walked four
long cold miles home
in the dark
Christmas left behind

Joanna M. Weston has been publishing her fiction, poetry, and reviews for twenty-five years. Her books include the middle reader Those Blue Shoes and the poetry anthology A Summer Father. Find her online.

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