When Christmas is Distant

Almost, but not quite

Beautiful sphere of ice laying in the winter snow.
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

It’s that time between the ice-folds,

when the festive season is three steps to the left.

I watch it close in,

yet,

it’s an inch too far to make me dance.

So,

I light a candle,

hunker down,

and breathe in cinnamon and orange under a gray sky.

In the distance,

carols and bells.

In the moment,

early mince pies and mulled wine.

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