For Christmas, let us put aside grudges,
gripes, and obsession—or piquant outrage
at this or that bauble blinking in eye.
Fellowship breathes at the heart of Christmas
when love is celebrated at church, hearth,
and public venue with handshakes, helloes
echoing beyond now to a future
receptive, open to tomorrow’s light,
symbolized by wreaths, candles, fervent song.
That shoulder at your right, left, front, behind
is a pillar holding aspirations
common to all Christians on Christmas Day:
We are all reborn to love each other.