4:27…

ghosts
of
christmas past
lovers
and
liars
friends
and
friendly foes
passion’s promises
dreams
denied
present spirits
life’s laughter
and
love’s warmth
hobbling joints
vanishing friends
legions of letters
on
a crippled world
death’s mute phantom
empty pages
and
silence
4:30

 

twas the life before christmas…

wrapped
in
such bright foil
and
moving
you might wonder
whose
christmas gifts
these
are
shall i tell you
these
are
for
despair
small
government orphaned
children
nestled
all snug
in
their
thermal blankets
on
cold
border floors
while visions
of
their parents
dance
in
their heads
as
they face
another day
of
dread