2022 | "How to be together"

We staggered in from the storm
at last toward Christmastime

and looked back at the footprints left
limping toward our wintry shrine

built by memories faded and yet unmade
wondering if we will remember how to be

together when the ice is finally melted
by the fires of our own making. And now we

wait. Ears trained for the creak of meaning
always just outside the door, our naked feet

slapping the floorboards in dancing pursuit
of a miracle, let’s just sing and eat

as the thunder clears its throat, sing
out long into the frozen night

let’s sing our way out of the darkness
together, silhouetted by the coming light.