and you put the apple skins between your teeth
suck the fruit off of the flesh
and I pour cinnamon onto your tongue
we make cookies and hand cakes
nutmeg covers the counters and we drink cold eggnog
in mugs with paintings of mistletoe on them
you hold the mugs above our heads and kiss me
the ground spices leftover on your lips
now stuck to mine
and I smile because
I am home.
My name is Darah Schillinger and I am a senior at St. Mary's College of Maryland. I have had poetry published in my school literary journal, AVATAR, and in the Spillwords Press Haunted Holidays series (2020) and my first poetry chapbook will be released in July 2022 by Yellow Arrow Publishing. I currently live in Perry Hall, Maryland with my parents and my dog, and when I'm not writing poems I'm usually drinking tea.