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Ghosts of Seasons Past

by Mary Wight

In cold rain, she makes her way
steadied by a cane, hood pulled tight
over white hair, pink rubber bootees bright.

She is rounding up her dwindled herd.
Three sodden reindeer lean against a wall,
tinsel collars glint in the fading grey light.

Unseen, I watch from a small, high window.
An unwashed blue shirt lies crumpled on the floor.

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