Poet’s Corner


Christmas in Sarasota

By Don McLagan

It’s not Currier & Ives here. The set sun

silhouettes palms and fishermen

with their evening nets. The reflection

of Christmas wrinkles warm on the bay.


No doubt local kids find nothing amiss

and nestle all snug in their beds. But

gathering on the aft deck of a boat moored

at Marina Jack, the night feels askew.


Colored lights seem gaudy on palm trees,

holly out of place on lanais. Here, snowy

is just an adjective for egret. Tonight

snow, sleighs, and Yule logs are distant.


But tomorrow, untethered by place,

the bustle of calls and cards, family,

and good smells from the kitchen

will be welcome in our Sarasota home.


Don McLagan is an entrepreneur and poet who lives and writes on Chappaquiddick and in Sarasota, Fla.