Keith Althaus

Holy Day
February 10, 2014 Althaus Keith

Holy Day


A holy day

not on any calendar

but in the middle

of January’s

deep freeze

when the woods

resound with cracks

like rifle fire

and their ricochet;

a sudden thaw

and the air’s

an inert element

picking up the scent

and traces

of the earth again

carrying them

beyond the bower

of broken limbs

and branches

to where heavy green

is remembered,

resurrected for a day,

an hour, under the sky

watermarked with floaters,

and illumined

by a worn sun

and tarnished moon,

the worthless coinage

of the old regime

whose loyal followers

hold their once-a-year

parade today.

Keith Althaus is the author of Rival Heavens. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, and numerous other magazines and journals.