Why? A Christmas Poem 2013

Why?  A Christmas Poem 2013

  The fountain stands quite frozen now The waters of the lake are still. The trees that still have limbs Are now denuded of their leaves. And artificial lights inside Are not quite able to inspire Beyond an artificial joy. Yet Christmas break has sent our students home And lays a challenge at the door Of freezing tissue in our hearts and minds: Who is this God whose birth we honor And why on earth would He or She Decide to join in our impermanence?   But then we start to count the kindnesses The cookies, smiles and gifts, The invitations to our tables and our plans;   We see a smiling Pope Whose hat was nearly knocked askew By the lad who filled his arms, This Pope whose words keep urging us To love and heal and always hope.   And then—by Gosh!–we feel God here Peeking, as we did when three or four, Beneath the wrappings and the coverlets To find the Gifts we now acknowledge were Just tokens smeared with love, and so We start to understand Emmanuel And...

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Of Immense Significance–First Floor Men’s Room

Of Immense Significance–First Floor Men’s Room

  Seeing where the holes In a bathroom floor were plugged– The nubs in the ceramic tile Where the anchors to the private stall had set– Before the room itself became secure And now is locked when only one inhabitant Rushes in to this most intimate of space– Reminded me that I remembered Where the Robin built its nest this year, And how the lines around your eyes Gather up to frame your sparkling face… So that I nearly stumbled when these proofs Collided to convince me Of my oneness with all things.   Joe LaGuardia,...

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