Words are cheap,
but silence is a steal.

Walk outside with me and listen for it-
the absence of traffic
the lack of background noise

Sit down on these frigid steps
close your eyes and inhale...
taste the woodsmoke

Words, especially holiday words
are cheap- a dime a dozen, but

this pre-dawn stillness is priceless
worth the cold, worth the time,
something to savor.

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