Dollhouses, gingerbread houses, train-set worlds, fairy tales, frozen icicles hanging from the big rocks on Lincoln Drive. Christmas lights on the boathouses along the Schuylkill River. My mother making jars and jars of cookies. The magical tree and decorated boughs on every windowsill scenting our whole house. The light show at what they now call Macy’s, but what will always be Wanamaker’s to me.
Always a big party for my father’s Penn folks. Cocktails, music, dancing. Dad p…laying the piano and some lady signing. My little sister and brother and I could hear them from upstairs in my sister’s room, where we had our own little kid party with a pint-sized record player and fancy snacks. To this day, my mainstay supper is a little plate of hors d’oevres and a mug of really good coffee or tea. One of my ways of celebrating Christmas every day
On our way back home from picking up my Dad at Penn or Christmas shopping in Center City, I liked to look out the window and see the icicles emerging from the wet rocks on Lincoln Drive. They looked so magical. I liked the subtle beauty of browns, grays and whites. So different from the bright colors of Christmas. More about the life that lay dormant, yet powerful, under the surface. Life that would always prevail. Even its wintry disappearance seemed a kind of mocking of darkness. “You may not see me now”, it sang in its low bass. “But I am always here and I will show myself to you soon enough. Have faith, child.”
c Kanta Bosniak
Excerpt from “Tree Lit Kiss,” which you can find in “Sacred Love: More Love Poems.”
Sacred Love is the fourth book of love poems in the Kanta Bosniak Love Collection, which also includes Love Poems, Awakened Love, Twin Flames, and The Love is Everywhere Coloring Book. Both spiritual and earthy, it’s a lovely romantic gift. It also provides a rich source for alternative wedding readings for the “spiritual/not religious” couple. Readers will find themes of Divine and romantic love, blended with the spicy taste of Christmas, New Year’s, and cozy winter nights. Topped off with frothy, lighthearted illustrations, it makes a warm and wonderful treat to share with your beloved.