it made you wish you had apricot jam on hand
to spread on the breakfast toast
only it was midnight with the blinds down.
we imagined reindeer then.
the tundra lit up with the borealis fireworks.
Don't you have homework, Grandmother said...
ah, it's pink and green streaked with lemon
we would sigh, pretending we were there.
and when we flick on the lamps
bought with the S&H Green Stamps
pasted laboriously every Saturday by
my sister and I-
I promise, the lamplight would
put you in mind of
golden vanilla ice cream,
mary angela douglas 29 april 2016