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Stephen Gill

Photo courtesy: www.stephengill.ca

I see her resurrecting in Christmas trees

mistletoe and Santa Claus.

 I see her appearing

within the decoration in churches

homes and offices

in parties, family reunions

and drinks.

 

I see her

in the festive rush that is tiring

and cards

which people have no time to send

but they do.

 

I see her

in the sounds of the  Joy

to the World

and Jingle Bells

cranked out of loudspeakers

in malls and street corners.

 

She is missing

from the victims of wars

which seem to be routine fate

of humankind.

 

She is missing from young lives

who have lost parents

to the famished beasts of fanatics.

 

She is missing

from the sufferers of physical

and psychological abuse.

 

She is missing

from the lives deprived of basic food,

clean water and warm clothing.

 

She is missing

from homes fallen to warfare

and children who are innocent bait

for Aids and cancer.

A multiple award winning writer and poet, Stephen Gill has authored books of fiction, literary criticism and collections of poems. His poetry and prose have appeared in more than five hundred publications, and the focus of his writing is world peace through peaceful means. Once in a while, Stephen Gill writes poetry also in Urdu, Hindi and Panjabi. For contact and other information, please visit his website: www.stephengill.ca

(This poetry originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 22 December 2014. Source link: https://www.transcend.org/tms/2014/12/xmas-spirit/)

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