Girl in “hygge” refugee hut
In the mountains on the
other side of a fjord
winter solstice, 60 degrees north,
where the sun sets before four
one room timber cabin, attic loft
Magyar refugee family from Budapest
what’s hygge about grandmother’s
homemade lingonberry compote?
hygge at Yuletime
it sounds like “hYOOguh”
–it’s even harder to translate
now that we have a name for it
–warmth, togetherness, family
and in the Nordic darkness unaware
five children, four girls and one boy
we’re hygge’ing right now
around an oak table for a meal:
spiced meatballs. Potatoes, carrots and cabbage.
For all of you to cuddle around the woodstove
on a December evening.
Ah, så koselig –so cozy.
Laced ankle boots, wool mittens
tobogganing on a snowy hill
tucked under sheepskin,
sipping tin cup of hot cocoa,
hygge by curling up on a bench
with a fairy tale book
mother brought from the old country,
teddy bear, a rocking horse
the glow of a log fire
spruce bright with white candles.