In the night sky

In the night sky a small star, winking glory, silent, steady.

In the headlines terror, sorrow's heavy blanket.

In the maiden a baby, hidden, beloved already.

In the darkness soldiers gathering, taking orders.

In the stable a manger prepared since the beginning.

In the streets low murmurs, fear and longing.

In the fields shepherds, half sober, unsuspecting.

In the silence angels ready with songs of healing.

In the window a child's face, waiting, waiting.

The mother, and the angels, take a deep breath.

______________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light

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