The Christmas tree is dry:
Resin-dropping twigs whose silky needles
Stroked my hand in Advent, break and crumble.
Time, high time, to take the strung lights down,
Never miss a local story.
The ornaments that shiver,
And from the mantlepiece the gilded star
Beside the homeless family it shown on.
Our house in space is here.
Our house in time is the terrestrial year,
Marked for us by the sun’s near disappearance
In night and winter storm,
And those three painted fugitives, who huddle
Against the chill of a wind-riddled byre
To greet a shining baby, small and warm.