Adrienne Veronese





In dreams

the winter is deep

and children are taught the nature of cycles

as carefully as we teach the cycles of nature.


In dreams

symbols dance among the stars

where meaning is up to interpretation

and metaphor is the cornerstone of life.


In dreams

the matchstick girl does not freeze to death

because all people care for the weakest among us

and every child born is one of ours.


So in dreams

we celebrate every one of them

not just the birth of a single child

whose sigil we wear once a year

singing songs that never really change,

our loud sweaters draped in tinsel

and metaphor we pretend isn't metaphor,

insisting this one thing

this one literal story

devoid of any metaphor

must never change.


©2019 Adrienne Veronese

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