Christmas Cantata 2009.
Family life (Portrayals)
Christmas cooking (Portrayals)
|Publication:||Name: Hecate Publisher: Hecate Press Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Hecate Press ISSN: 0311-4198|
|Issue:||Date: May-Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 36 Source Issue: 1-2|
|Topic:||NamedWork: Christmas Cantata 2009 (Poem) Event Name: Christmas|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: Australia Geographic Code: 8AUST Australia|
a white dove perched on the tip of my blue and gold tree-- a magpie warbles from the hills hoist the fire-truck sounds a hooter-- no bushfire just the seasonal lolly-run for the kids holly and the ivy-- golden-haired choir boys sing on TV a wattlebird ruffles the grevillea the tell-tale grunt-- we call the children outside in the dusk to hunt this sleepy Christmas Eve koala Santa on the TV news in real ice and snow-- tonight it all seems somehow less of a fairytale the eight-year old not confident to declare her secret knowledge goes to bed early ... just in case a quiet drink beside flickering tea-lights and brass reindeer he eats the plated mince pie remembering to leave crumbs Christmas wrapping into the recycling bin-- for a moment I consider saving the gift tags for next year after presents we unwrap our pale bodies and purge our souls in the crisp morning surf rain for Christmas but no one grumbles-- thinking of farmers and rivers now flowing with goodwill ham and turkey fruit salad and wine-- some of us wearing these papers hats look much older this year card games and another cup of tea-- at this rate will the fruit cake last until January?
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