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Connections: December 18.16

2015-12-14-uncle-mistletoesBack in the day

when shopping was grand

with a hat on your head

and a glove on your hand

Marshall Field’s was the place

to wander slack-jawed

wide-eyed and gasping

covetous and awed.

Field’s was the place

to play “let’s pretend”

with your grandma, your mom

or your best girlfriend.

Uncle Mistletoe, Aunt Holly

in Christmas benevolence

nodded and twinkled

amid grandeur and elegance

part of a world

that flattered and taunted

and taught us we couldn’t

have everything we wanted.

More thanks to the S.W. Berg Photo Archives

and to the D.J. Berg Christmas Panorama.



Connections: December 17.16

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERABefore I got it opened

it had begun to grow

an intestine-like appendage

with phosphorescent glow.

How gross! I said

Why couldn’t it wait?

What kind of triage?

Am I too late?

Desperate, despondent

I tucked it in a pot

gave it winter sun

and apologized a lot.

Now regarding coolly

my mayhem and my mess

it glories in its own





Connections: December 11.16

2015-12-09-angelsYou can’t go back

that’s no lie

but Christmas is

the time to try.

Unburied from tissue

and neuron connection

Christmas of childhood

bemused retrospection.

Tinseled nostalgia

patina of age

bring yesterday’s players

to today’s Christmas stage.

We can’t go back

that much is clear

and so we summon

childhood here.

Thanks again to the S.W. Berg Photo Archives

and the D.J. Berg Christmas Panorama.