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by Don Matley

Many years ago when I was a young idealistic university student I made a Christmas card for my friends. The front of the card depicted a black dove on white paper. Below the bird was the word “agape” written in Greek. this term means brotherly love or love-feast. So for fun,I thought I would share this very little work:

Carols are sung at this time each year,
Hope springs eternal, blankets our fear.
Reindeer speed gifts to children of love,
Icicles spin to signal the dove;
Spellbound we turn and to the stars we gaze,
To kindle thought and set it ablaze...

Man is the moment that lights and dies,
And yet love created ever thrives;
So we love throughout our lives.


Posted on 01/14/2012
Copyright © 2022 Don Matley

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/14/12 at 08:51 PM

Well, then there is the clever almost acrostic going on here. I like the unique feeling to the line - "icicles spin to signal the dove".

Posted by Jody Pratt on 01/15/12 at 08:29 AM

Positive message and I learned something new. :)

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 07/18/12 at 01:37 AM

Very profound piece of writing Don. And a good reminder of how that one special day captures the love of an entire year and even a lifetime.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 03/14/15 at 07:01 PM

A good companion poem to Easter. Christmas started the path to God's love given to forgive those who repent and believe.

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