Gro Dahle writes about Christmas in a way that makes it warm, to make it glitter. Christmas is the time for miracles and seven sorts of cookies and snow and break downs and walking the dog and presents and old quarrels and birth and tears. For the time around Christmas is so tight. Of expectations, joy and disappointments.
Here are families gathering around a large table with many traditions. Here is Mary giving birth and not quite understanding how she could get pregnant. As always in Gro Dahles writing we find the ceremonial as well as the everyday-like, the beautiful and the painful, side by side.
Merry Christmas to glittery woods
full of snow
glazed in frost.
December woods heavy with fog
where the moose celebrates Christmas,
standing quitely between the trees,
striped with rain.
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