To all you bloggy people (especially a certain individual whose name I won't mention, but whose initials are KIMBERLY MASON):
I really can't explain all that's going on with me right now...can hardly type this...but a most difficult year is about to close, and I wanted to mark its passing. It is ending as it began, with unexpected turmoil, heartache, and uncertainty. And yet it was the year I met so many of you! I really don't have it in me to write more at the moment, and so I give you the Christmas poem I authored last year as a tribute to you all, my readers, my friends, my angels unaware.
“The Angel Gabriel from heaven came”
‘Tis the season of angels bright, watching, waiting
Sitting, soaring, causing quite an uproar
On a clear, cold night in ancient Bethlehem!
How they glitter now from treetops, windows, doors,
Front yards and porches, some plain, some gorgeous
All gold and white and all too often blue-eyed blonde.
Yet as we travel on our daily paths to work or town
Or just around the neighborhood, how can we know
That angels, good and true, watch over you and me?
I dare not speculate, for fear of mocking God on high.
Still, I must ask why, if angels are among us,
Do these ill fates befall our loved ones, dear?
It is clear to me: for once, I do not have an answer,
But perchance a revelation, if I may be so bold.
As we live out lives oft racked with pain and sorrow
Where tomorrow is no certain thing, perhaps an angel
Unaware is the one who comforts us and in so doing
Brings good tidings of great joy…perhaps that angel
I now seek, and sometimes pause to listen for
Is at my door, in full view, and looks a lot like you?
Wishing all of you a most fulfilling new year!