Christmas Greetings for 2015 from Stephen Gill

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Again this year, Christians are going to celebrate the birth of the Messiah who came to establish the culture of peace but the culture of destruction has been also growing in power to spread its culture. I wish a happy Christmas and every imaginable happiness to every reader, although the birth of Jesus will not be easy to celebrate in the true spirit of peace because of the obvious clash of cultures. It is a time to expect the culture of understanding and harmony to save the citizens of the global village from torture in the name of God that no one can claim to have seen.
Please find below a poem, titled X’mas Spirit, that I wrote not long ago: Stephen Gill
X'MAS SPIRIT
I see the spirit 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 Joy
to the World
and Jingle Bells
cranked out of loudspeakers
in malls and street corners.
But
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 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.
©Stephen Gill
www.stephengill.ca
www.stephengillcriticism.info

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