Sunday, December 18, 2016

Born again

The lantern rings the season in,
choired angels merry the hillside
with joy-filled anthems
and their searchlight glaze.
The sacred shout
of ‘fear not’
echoes through a universe
marinaded in dread.
For it is advent,
the birth pangs of Christmas
in valley and byway,
city or  town,
and change is in the air.
Hope is in danger of breaking out
amid the fiery breath of conflict
as followers of many stars
begin their gazing.
Streets and shops blanket the land
with manipulated joy
manufactured as a salesman
for the transient present.
But, anywhere,
in supermarket aisle
or reveled party, in a gift, a smile
or an act of kindness
love is born again.

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