This night

A Christmas poem

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Cracked earth clumps in pieces

mortals falter in this desert of lostness

burned wicks of hope trampled dreams

earth cries for droplets of rain


not prepared for God’s intervention

sheets of light electrify the sky

is this the promised downpour

we prayed for

a final chance to survive


not just the angels’ descent

but their song of rescue

for anyone who dares believe

play the whistle shake the rocks

sing with angels on this night

God’s promised miracle is here.

Shirley Klotz Bickel is a retired Christian educator. Her poems have been published in magazines as well as in Voice of Many Waters: A Sacred Anthology for Today.


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