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The Christmas Tapestry

This is ammunition from World War II. The countries listed are Italy, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States. Do you remember the song "Silent Night - 7 O'clock News" by Simon and Garfunkel?

This is ammunition from World War II. The countries listed are Italy, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States.
Do you remember the song “Silent Night – 7 O’clock News” by Simon and Garfunkel?

The Christmas Tapestry
By Michael Hare Duke
The humdrum duties of the land,
feeding the beasts, mucking out the straw
provide the dull hessian background
of the Christmas scene.
Suddenly the tapestry is lit
by glory’s gold
and smirched by red threads of violence.
First the angel song
caroling the Word made flesh,
then the murderous fire of Herod’s fear
slaying the Innocents
Is conflict part of the perennial pattern
of our response to Love’s story?
Colonial might, conversion
proceeding from the barrel of a gun
betray the gracious Christ;
the fear of might and money
breed Terror.
Innocents of Palestine,
Arab and Jew
bleed from the bombs and guns
that violence deploys;
the flash of gunfire
rapes the night’s tranquility over Baghdad;
the mothers of Breslan weep for their children
and will not be comforted.
Meanwhile there’s far within;
as each of us grows old
black crows of death and disease
darken our days.
Come Love anew
let the angels’ song
counterpoint our tears
and lace the clouds with glory.
Give us an unambiguous blessing
by the Birth
to paint a rainbow
above our hearts’ distress.
With love and prayers for Light to overcome
the current darkness, political, ecclesiastical and personal.
Posted by opreach on December 16, 2013

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