In January

A solitary seasonal man walking
the sawn-off stump, untinselled,
along an empty street.
All over for another year.

Recycle! says the sign, half-hidden
in trees queued up to beat
last nightís Twelfth Night,
or something else that marks his calendar.

The carols have been sung, some presents given.
A long month waits with winterís cough. Indoors,
the old yearís hanging on, unpaid.

But here thereís one camellia
pushing its colour out, forgotten pink,
and waiting buds are fattening in the leaves.

D. A. Prince

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