One Moment After Christmas
Copyright © Isabella Dalzell 2019. All RIghts Reserved.
The Cat in the Hat
silly, slinky, sticky, acrobatic fun;
enraptured children fixated, every one.
mini hamburgers, cakes with stripes
mingling cast giddy with relief
tipsy friend flirting.
Comrades at the University bar
meeting to drink and chat books
convivial Christmas conversation.
a coffee and a stroll at a stately home
weaving through the woods
carolling coppery cadences from a musical box.
Florentines, mince pies and poetry
old friends meet for jazz and drinks
face at the cathedral, the chill ghost of Christmas past
Scrooge in a woolly German burghers’ hat
with all her millions, worrying about Brexit
Whilst homeless people scour the streets.
Nelly’s Caribbean Christmas cake
sodden with Guinness and rum
neighbourly joy in giving gifts
fleeting greetings from afar
embrace of a close friend
rambling telephone calls.
Wondering how the card and tip
I left for Mr Dustman will be received?
The hailed thank you floats up to my room as I doze
the last Christmas card undelivered
thinking of those present and those absent
a trip to Ragdale Hall!
Pastry misdelivery I’m such an airhead, she smiles
feasting with friends, warm hospitality,
Love all round. Party games,
party hats, flat jokes, crackling crackers
and tumbling trinkets. Limoncello trifle
oceans of wine, bottles of brandy
and all of that.
Watership Down on telly
Ekaterina on Amazon Prime
candles and crisp winter walks
flocking birds swooping over Watermead Lakes at dusk
mulled wine in front of log fires
yes, even that.
Speeding through the traffic
through a river of red lights
spectacular Chinese opera
dressed up, exciting nights.
Driving home in dusky fog
whispering streaks across the motorway.
One moment after Christmas
after all the turkey has been eaten
the last drop of Bailey’s imbibed
and long after the last mince pie
I walk the quiet streets.
I pass the lighted gardens
and the twinkling archways
glimpsing interior views
of sparkling Christmas trees.
That all the concreted earth cracks open
to let nature grow again;
That trees to house birds sprout through
the gravelled and tarmacked driveways
That suffocate the green flora
which keeps this planet alive.