"O Christmas Tree"
It's not the stuff of fairy tales
or other children's stories.
Nor of chic window displays that
blur the line between
Hearth and Seduction.
It is a small wonder that only
a true artist can make.
She has practiced this art annually
to the delight of those who still believe in
a charming story.
Here, the innocent frolic
beside the sinister.
The generously padded
flirt with the hardened brass.
And the recently made
impersonate the wise antiques.
Surely, each ornament felt isolated
and insecure at first,
dangling peerlessly in some unfamiliar region.
Yet, with each new player
a design as clear as nature's grace emerges.
One of inescapable beauty, balance, and buoyancy,
a product of this artist's twisted legacy.