On Boxing Day

a box
inside it was kept
a gift

a heart
a throbbing heart
with carol beats

our love
was again reborn in a manger
and I’d followed my heart
to the star from afar

who could have known
your words were keys to the kisses
carols at Christmas, as sweet as chickens in the fried kitchen

these words of yours tonight –
gift in a box, royalty in a manger,
merry-making in magical moments