Christmas catharsis

an unexpected tense family exchange eventually gets defused


  • mid-afternoon winter warmed, post-Christmas fire,
    atmosphere enhanced, advent hope inspired
    – familial festivities suddenly expired.

    abrupt explosion, shrapnel-sharp conversation,
    wounds unbandaged, needful expiations
    – slightly strained, awkward relations.

    tempers tested, emotional our exhaustion,
    blame allocated (almost equal portions)
    – catharsis: soberly spoken caution.

    unscripted cues, some exchanged apologies,
    explanations sought for chronologies
    – tears preceeded the autonomy.

    dinner late, then recitations followed songs,
    hearts reblessed, wrighted those wrongs
    – compass reset, ship passage long.


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