A Christmas prayer
I won't wish for presents at Christmas this year
Not even a cellphone or a Teddy bear
But what I would like to see more of this time
Is goodwill to all men and kindness sublime.
Not in groceries and malls the rabid mad rushing
With towering trolleys chockful of much shopping
The glittering glow of ornaments and lights
Can only fill our senses with empty delight.
So please spare a thought for the frail and the fragile
The poor widow, the orphan, the sick and the servile
The indigent who are hungry, the old
Let's put something substantial in their empty bowl.
Only then will we feel the true spirit of Christmas
When we all put the needy in our thoughts first
The turkey and fruit cake will sate our stomachs, but that
Can never put love and joy in our hearts.