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taking down the christmas cards

not that they were up high
just posed elegantly
short at the front tall at the back
on the hall stand in case they caught
anyone's eye coming or going

not slotted into venetian blinds
or strung from chandelier
to the four corners of the room
as in some houses of doubtful decor

now they must come down 
the snowy santas
the thumbnailsized madonnas
the holly bedecked robins

oxfamished thirdworldly ones
the ones with koalas and roos
at the outback manger
the photo of the sender
smirking in santa hat

down with them out with them
glancing merely at the message
so minimal in most cases
as if the sender really
can't remember what if
anything we have in common

max lower case richards


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