Amber of Lights
Nine lights, and so little oil, remind us
To be frugal in seasons of excess.
Dancing, arms high, beneath a lemon moon,
Around the fires defining saffron rooms,
Listen to golden drums. Heartbeat patterns
Punctuate canary songs of bells.
Count your sheaves of children on both hands and
Just begin; scatter gifts like mustard seed
Among them all, straw heads and burnished dark,
Fallow hearts, precious for their quantity.
Wolverine plows the flanks of Stormy Mountain,
Cleaving new snow, chest high, her topaz eyes
On faltering elk. My season's talisman,
Her amber wake the light that paints the snow.