December
A
new
day was
b
orn but it
took a while f
or
any
one to
notice. A thick fog
rolled in from the near-by
f
orest just before the break of
dawn and muffled the persistent barking
of the neighbour's dog.
A deer st
opped at the edge of
a clearing; it sniffed the wet air
and moved
on hesitantly, the snow crunching
under its small h
oofs. Coloroured lights around a
wind
ow blinked in two-second intervals. Trees stood
still and dark, their trunks abs
orbing
the s
oft electric light. A car started in the
neighb
our's yard. Someone woke up and turned on a radio;
the news were ab
out interest rates, failed mergers, bloody coups,
and h
ockey matches. A tea kettle whistled. The kitchen smelled of Christmas
baking.
A child
cried and

a factory siren deep in the valley pierced the fog.
It was time to get up, go to work and buy presents.

 


Article copyright 1997 Dennis Kaska



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