Saturday book feature — Winter in Halifax — Thomas DeFreitas

Six in the Morning

Six in the morning. February. Coffee.
I stand at the cold porch door and look out on
the brooding sapphire of the foredawn sky
pregnant with deep blue light that pales and shines
toward the horizon, where the tops of trees
like scriptures in an inscrutable alphabet
imprint themselves on the margin of the day.

Stones in the neighboring graveyard
begin to whiten and become distinct;
traffic percolates through nearby streets:
sparrows sing crisp matins in the chill.

There is a gentle splendor in these hours
before the sun blares and commuters rush,
before St. Agnes’ bells ring Angelus.

Yesterday marked the first day in a week
I did not see your face or hear your voice.

by Thomas DeFreitas from Winter in Halifax (Kelsay Books, 2021)

Cover photographer: Josh Hild via Unsplash
Cover design: Shay Culligan

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One response to “Saturday book feature — Winter in Halifax — Thomas DeFreitas”

  1. Mary Buchinger Avatar

    Such a beautiful poem–the trees and stones, how each feature of the emerging cityscape is attended to–the gentle splendor! And then that plaintive final couplet. Wow.
    Thanks for featuring this book! It’s a treasure!

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