With Poem” X, MAS Spirit” Dr. Stephen Gill Wish you a happy Christmas

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Wish you a happy Christmas and prosperous New Year although the birth of Jesus and the birth of the new year 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 in 2006 to save the citizens of the global village from torture in the name of God that no one can claim to have seen.
Stephen Gill



X`MAS SPIRIT

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 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

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ON THE NEW YEAR

What then

if it is a New Year !

This day is the same

as any other day of last week

even last year.

The wilful ghosts of sorrow

have not dissolved

nor have the fogs of ignorance

which float over the cold tombs.

Rather,

they have grown in strength

in the gloom of violence.

If nights were replaced by days

just by thinking,

the corners of darkness

would have been lit by now.

Eaters of stale crumbs

in the mornings

should have been welcomed

by the appetizing smells

of fresh and warm foods.

The hours of suffering

would have been reduced,

joys lasted longer

and lives changed.

When this sun does not surge

it does not matter

what year or date it is !

Just by the murmurs of the clock

history does not alter,

life will not wear

another mantle;

only calendars become new.

Some cards are traded

feasts are arranged.

This is not a change.


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