Seasonal Sojourn


seasonal sojourn poem

In oversized stockings of red and gold yarn,
and tucked beneath a boisterous evergreen
sprouting lights, tinsel, ornaments of glass,

gifts appear. A nutty season, it’s a crazy mix
of outrageous and sensible, a collision of family
and friends turning wistfully toward the sparkle,

the dazzle, of spinning snow, but spotting Nutcracker
beer in the grocery aisle, I consider happy-faced
photo cards, presents disguised in holiday hues,

mountains of ornate cookies, and desperately yearn
to make this wildly animated experience new again
somehow. It’s a silly challenge, I suppose, wanting

to transform sagging holiday spirits into a perfect
storm – a familiar blend of heightened tension,
buoyed by peaceful interludes – when I’m a mere

poet, a sage drumming up holiday lore, when feeling
slow and unsteady under the twisted glare of jumpy
lights – too bright, blinking at speeds unknown.


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Daisy Hickman
D.A. (Daisy) Hickman is a spiritual thinker, a dedicated student of society and culture, and a writer who loves to tap into the complexities of the human condition. She earned her MS in sociology at ISU, her BA from Stephens College, and spent many years working closely with nonprofit organizations. Hickman's first book was about the wisdom of prairie and people; she frequently publishes poetry in a variety of journals and is at work on a new book of essays. For more about Hickman's work and interests, please visit her blog and website at


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