This poem was a winner in the Winter Poems challenge on Young Poets Network (YPN) in 2016.

Southgrove Road Carol Singing

by Beth Davies

My childhood blurs
in yellow light and cinnamon air,
the year irrelevant. A single Gloria
holds all my Christmas Eves: nights

when we breathe dragon-smoke, clutch
rain-crinkled paper and sing
to our streets, two tunes
at once and all out of time.
This is the closest I come

to faith; out-of-tune voices
make the lyrics feel
true, make me wonder
if the streetlamp is a star,
guiding us somewhere.

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