My son, who never fathered children,
slips out on Christmas Eve
to the back yard, to hide a box
and set up a treasure map
so his partner's nine-year-old
will find her gift from the pirates.
He doesn't believe in Christmas,
never gives presents -- but a gift
from the pirates, he says,
puts back the magic. For me
there is magic in seeing him
enjoy the role of father at last.