A Poem Rings True


I wrote the following last night in light of events during the past week. It was inspired by the song, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” Click on the title to hear me read it.




I heard no bells on Christmas Day,

no familiar carol,

no song of peace on Earth,

only bad news:


war raging in the Middle East,

a sea plane crash in Russia,

a friend’s canine companion passing,

another friend’s mother diagnosed with breast cancer,

a third’s mother hospitalized with dehydration,

actress Carrie Fisher dead from a heart attack.


There may be no peace on earth,

no good will to men,

but hope still lives.


Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

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