By Paul Marion
From Marion's first book compilation of poems, "Strong Place," published in 1984
It's been so cold and bad
that it took until last week
to dismantle the public manger.
From my office window, through flurries,
I saw an orange dump truck
pull away in traffic
with Joseph, Mary, shepherds, and angels
standing crowded in the back
like a bunch of refugees.
After a hundred nights of winter
I'm ready to get out.