The Common Good

Waxing Poetic: Blue Christmas

Mussels. Photo by Sarah Vanderveen.
Mussels. Photo by Sarah Vanderveen.
It was a December
of golden days
and crisp, sparkling nights.
I saw swooping pelicans
and Orion's belt,
bright blooming aloe
and holiday lights downtown.
 
Now that the brittle, shedding Christmas tree
is down by the street
and the ornaments have all been put away,
I flip through pictures of beach walks
and parties and presents opened and sunsets.
 
Most beautiful are the blues —
an azure sky,
the inky ocean
ruffled by an offshore wind,
and
indigo-purple mussels
holding fast to the rocks.
 
avatar_72Sarah Koops Vanderveen is a surf mom, writer, blogger and member of Redbud Writers Guild. She is the former editor of The Mars Hill Review, a literary journal focused on the intersection of faith and culture. She lives in Laguna Beach,Calf., with her husband and their two teenage sons. Read more by Sarah at her blog, "Once by the Pacific."
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