as I was driving back home
that Santa had my mother’s handwriting
plus a slight smear of ink
from putting the tag on the present
When I think about it
I remember neither subterfuge
We simply never questioned the conceit
Santa never appeared in quotation marks
I never pointed out what was obvious to all
I can’t call it innocence
But I know that’s something
I’ll never find anywhere else
(3 December 2021)
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