UPON OCEANS KEPT SECRET WITHIN CHRISTMAS BULBS

UPON OCEANS KEPT SECRET WITHIN CHRISTMAS BULBS
by Carroll Matthew Schumacher
Ornaments whirled blue secretly within themselves.
Those glowing oceans rose. We held our faces close.
Distorted on aquamarine globes,
Our faces looked back as if about to surface.
Whatever light shines in our dreams quivered on the bulbs.
Hurricanes were our roads, haunted by sea monster angels.
The star at the treetop broke into smithereens.
Santa’s beard metamorphosed into wintry seaweed.
He hoisted a trident aloft, a snarling Poseidon.
Octopus and squid, queer reindeer on the roof.
The tiniest elf fell; I held him to my ear–
His voice, a siren, cried out “freeze to death!”
So much for seashells. During the icestorm,
I breathed on frost, and my breath fingerprinted icy winds.
Every reflection bent to worship the cold.

0 thoughts on “UPON OCEANS KEPT SECRET WITHIN CHRISTMAS BULBS

  1. haha finally! This must be the person who actually wrote it. For some reason I’ve been getting the credit for this poem all year and everybody thought I was joking when I said I wasn’t the one who wrote it.

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