Poetry

by James C. Christiansen


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Don’t
ever
make friends
with snowmen
’cause they
do funny things
when the sun
comes out.

Getting It All Together

Someday
is a hard word
meaning
wait
wonder
wish for.
Sometimes it means work today,
producing proudly now
for someday.
Now
is a hard word too
unless
you are prepared for it.

Call to Repentance

Slight pressure
“no”
had stirred my know.
But was it really really no?
Perhaps I need
to think it out,
to listen for a louder shout.
There are others
doing such.
And anyway
an if and but
might very well apply
to me,
because,
because,
well, I am me.
And circumstances
are so twined,
and maybe I have been assigned
a very special
set of rules
that—
What!
A sound?
A flashing light?
Some further word on what is right?
Hmmm …
Neon “NO” and clanging bell.
Well, sometimes
words can get misspelled.
I’d really better
think this out.
There’s so much room
for so much doubt.

Winter

Silver-throned
He waits his season’s turn.
Shortened days and crystal-lengthened nights
Announce his annual reign.
His silent time.
Winter.