POETRY LUCIA DAY / Judith Moffett Stockholm, 13 December Shadows of fat snowflakes whirl on snow under the streetlamps; Tm struggling up a drifted hill otherwise black as timeless at 6 a.m. Five floor high, Hennie releases the downstairs door with a magic button. Silver and porcelain shine round her special centerpiece of four thick white candles at a green wreath's cardinal points; more candles dartle everywhere, and tabletops, eyes, dozens of gleaming bibelots, polished coffee- and teapots, plates piled with the saffron whorls called lussekatter, with sliced stellen (Dutch Hennie was a girl in München) catch, hold, flash back candleflame highlights as in a still life by Vermeer. Dazzled, I stand my boots to melt in the hall. 6:30. Freddie wakes the TV set across whose screen unsteady lights become candles borne by a file of white-haired whiterobed children from a rural church-school choir. They wind toward the beautiful country home of the late painter Carl Larsson, in Dalarna in the dark North, singing in unison, like flutes, something familiar--a standard gondolier in wholly Baltic straits. number, but with the fulsome Mediterranean The boys with Starboy trappings--tall duncecaps, star-tipped Blue Fairy wands--are mere attendant lords for once;
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1981
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