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David Vincenti


Daughter, tell me about Santa Claus.
Point him out everywhere with a loud
O-O-O before hiding in Mommy's collar
or behind a filled-to-bursting shopping bag.
Comb every crèche for saviors come early
then narrate the characters' prayers for me:
"Baa." "Moo." "Baby." "'appy."

Love the lights and the noise and the people
and this time of redemption, though you
can't know what it means to need redeeming.
Tell me through your full-wet-fisted sharing
about Santa and about joy and about
the gift that itself means more than anything.
The more I see your evergreen smile,
the more I find myself believing again.

From To the Ones Who Must Be Loved, published 2010.
Used with the author's permission.

David Vincenti is a father, husband, poet, engineer, project manager, accordionist, and bowler whose poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Rabbit Ears: TV Poems and Meta-Land. He is the author of two collections: To the Ones Who Must Be Loved (2010) and A Measure of This World: Galileo's Dialog with the Universe (2015).  Learn more about him at




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