settling and chaste,
jingles from December’s cold, night sky,
over rooftops, down the chimney’s
scarlet, cracked mouths,
and around my head.
I listen to the sleigh bells
and thirty-two hooves
pounding on the rooftop,
hymning Christmas Eve’s song.
Each note chimes
and floats over my head,
adjuring toy soldiers marching,
dolls waltzing, ballerinas, like snowflakes,
twirling, tress shawled in tinsel,
ornaments, and lights, and
Santa Claus riding in his sleigh in the night sky.
Christina Ciufo is a passionate writer in poetry, short stories, flash fictions, fables, and completing her first novel. At a very young age, she always had a passion for writing stories and poems, specifically in fairytales, folklore, supernatural, and horror. After graduating Sacred Heart University with a BA in English, she continued to expand her writing abilities at Manhattanville College’s MFA Creative Writing Program and by May 2017, graduated with an MFA degree in Creative Writing. She completed Sacred Heart University's Education Program in December 2018 with a MAT in Teaching in both elementary and secondary. She is currently a Sunday School Teacher. She has numerously appeared in literary magazines including Spillwords, Ovunque Siamo, Nymphs, Truly Review, Mookychick, Moonchild Magazine, Crêpe & Penn, Cauldron Anthology, dream walking, Selcouth Station Magazine,The Wild Literary Magazine, Speculate This Magazine, Poetically Magazine, Analogies & Allegories Literary Magazine, The Clay Literary Magazine, Re-Side, Dwelling Literary Magazine, and Coven Magazine.