Christmas Eye

newly tinseled trees’
googly eyes dazzle
the whites of young eyes.
those for shame
check the children’s names
crossed on lists
under red satin.
mothers put eyes to
trees an’ us
with newborn fervor.
santa God’s consumptive leer ages
like a pair of boots weathering
salty sidewalks.
Those peering eyes disappear just as
the ornamented googles
brought out once a year.

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