Holidays Are Algorithms

Music: Fugue K058.
By Domenico Scarlatti.
Performed by John Sankey at Kunst der Fuge.

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Nicholas Gordon

Holidays are algorithms for
Apportioning the time one spends on love,
Pressing into certain days far more
Pure grit than simple parity might prove.
Yet as you make or buy the gifts and cards,
Host the gatherings or travel to
Old haunts, where each frail memory sends regards,
Love finds its weight in what you say and do.
Inequalities are natural,
Dividing glory into more and less;
As love is constant, yet some days fulfill
Yearnings that on other days lie still,
Sated by the holiday's caress.

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