this day


in our drafty old

hometown church

the deep, shuttered windows

are like shadow boxes

this time of year.

the families take turns

doing the decorating.

this is the 1st year

that my 14 yr old

was old enough to have

her very own window.

backyard sticks,

‘fire pit’ stones,

a tin whistle,

l.e.d. lights strung up,

an old family cane,

grandma’s sheep,

a Christmas tree star,

and a hand written note

said all she wanted to say.


the note quotes 2:10-12 of luke.