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Sunday, January 4, 2015

On a City Sidewalk (A Christmas Cento)

Giant Christmas Tree Lights by Linnaea Mallette


People hurry 
through the frozen streets 
meeting smile after smile, 
echoing the joyous strains 
of children laughing, 
sleigh bells in the snow.
His favorite time of year 
was always Christmas;
today’s celebration 
is bittersweet,
a hurting human soul
waiting in a silent prayer;
and in the midst of the laughter, 
he cries.

Lines borrowed from the following Christmas songs: Take a Walk Through Bethlehem, Silver Bells, Angels We Have Heard on High, White Christmas, It Won’t Be the Same This Year, Alone on Christmas, My Grown Up Christmas List, Breath of Heaven, Pretty Paper

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