the bedroom curtains

would be left open

upon my insistence

.

framed with clinging frost

to better gaze into the late evening sky

.

sure Santa Claus would find

his way through my stars

.

as i watched intently

from beneath

my Cabbage Patch Doll comforter

only to fall

fast asleep

listening for reindeer sleigh bells

.

not knowing

.

life is never what it seems

.

but exactly

what lies within

the human heart

.

may yours be filled

with love and hope

this happy Christmas night