Beetle Byte (27 December 2013 edition)

Only one link this week, as the holiday draws to a close.

Taking Down the Tree – by Jane Kenyon

With something more than caution
I handle them, and the lights, with their
tin star-shaped reflectors, brought along
from house to house, their pasteboard
toy suitcases increasingly flimsy.
Tick, tick, the desiccated needles drop.