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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Christmas in July


Behold this inverted nativity scene;
see the crèche undone.
No eager shepherds here,
                only the weeping family.
No wise men with gifts and gold
                but doctors and nurses with morphine.
Not a manger, but a hospice bed.

This isn’t the midnight birth
of an infant babe – a firstborn son,
but the cancerous fading of a husband father;
both heralded by an angelic choir:
Gloria in excelsis deo


(2008)

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