Now Santa rappels

down the side of a six

story business

to the consumers

waiting in the cold

of this enlightened city.

The old elf has helpers

who spot his slow descent

into this season of black

Fridays and discounts.

The miracle is held

back by cable grip

and careful heels.

The wonder in the candle

flame flickers as I watch

this live holiday

stream in the darkness

of my sleepless home

hoping the string

of lights will stop working

so the silent night

can again become holy

for those who have lost

magic’s light.

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