Yuletide Poetry Competition Winner 2017: Stringing The Cards by Jill Munro

Stringing the Cards

i.m. Leonard Cohen 1934-2016

I can’t keep track of each fallen robin flapping to the hearth,

each Virgin Mother and child descending to the grate,

the snowmen, coal-eyed and carrot-nosed, scrolling

in the log-burner’s heat, cards curling to reveal the ink blots

of Leonard or Suzanne – the distant, the near-forgotten, almost tethered

by tiny red and green pegs to silver tinsel strung to corners

of a room, fragrant with tea and oranges,

they or you have never seen, and never will.

I don’t even think of you that often.

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