A Christmas Card

24 Dec


When the white stars
talk together like sisters 
And when the winter hills 
Raise their grand semblance in the freezing night, 
Somewhere one window 
Bleeds like the brown eye of an open force.
Hills, stars, 
White stars that stand above the eastern stable.
Look down and offer Him. 
The dim adoring light of your belief.
Whose small Heart bleeds with infinite fire.
Shall not this Child 
(When we shall hear the bells of His amazing voice) 
Conquer the winter of our hateful century?
And when His Lady Mother
leans upon the crib, 
Lo, with what rapiers 
Those two loves fence and flame their brilliancy!
Here in this straw lie
planned the fires 
That will melt all our sufferings: 
He is our Lamb, our holocaust!
And one by one the shepherds,
with their snowy feet, 
Stamp and shake out their hats upon the stable dirt, 
And one by one kneel down to look upon their Life.

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