Christmas Clothes

Christmas Clothes

Having outgrown his bow-tie-and-crew-cut style,
there were annual crewneck sweaters in pastel colors.

One year, instead of these, I chose brown striped flares,
a ribbed turtleneck sweater vest and two-toned shoes.

Another year, wide awake in the morning of adolescence—
the dewy paradise of the shape of women’s bodies—

there were high-top Hush Puppies with opaque soles
and a green snorkle-nose parka trimmed in cottontail fur.

All these fit fine on a day that sat in snow-salted crunch
and hunger, so much light-loaded cheer that it chimed.

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