Treasure Island

Leo Yankevich

(October 30,1961 / Farrell, Pennsylvani)

A December Wish


You hear the sound of carols from afar.
Bright bulbs and tinsel, cinnamon and cloves.
Beyond a hill of snow you see a star.

Here you can look at stacks of Christmas trees,
buy nuts and raisins, fruit from nearby groves,
cards inscribed in gold: “joy, love and peace.”

And you can eat kielbasa from a spit
as fat drips sizzling in makeshift stoves
and zlotys are exchanged and butts are lit.

Here you can watch fat women slaughter fish
if you stand in the line and bear the shoves,
pretending that you really have a wish.

And for a moment you can close your eyes
and can forget the cold that pierces gloves
and see a diamond necklace in the skies,

or Jesu here among the city doves.

Submitted: Monday, February 11, 2008
Edited: Monday, May 30, 2011

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  • Sandra Conner (11/10/2012 8:45:00 PM)

    I really like this. Your imagery is so crisp.
    I came to your page to read your poems because of the recommendation of Dennis O'Brien (one of my favorite modern poets) , and I was not disappointed. (Report) Reply

  • Cat Tiger (7/9/2009 2:19:00 PM)

    From the only nation where Communism couldn't subdue Catholicism. Now, with this poem and John Paul II, Americans can understand why. (Report) Reply

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