Here's a poem to mark this year's Christmas - albeit written more than a decade ago!
A gentle rain falls through the universe now
Not snowflakes on this Christmas Eve -
A trickle that shimmers like diamonds
Against our Nordic galaxy.
All around, the stars glimmer, these words,
Like omniscience that see all -
Eluding the hands of fate like beings
Of a different world.
Amidst the darkness of this space,
Wet-silence seeps into our thoughts
Like the flickering flame of a diva,
Or a hush of hymns in a church.
And this could be an insoluble instance,
Or an enigma for the essence of earth,
Projecting a collision of sparkling rain
With an image of that Child's birth.
A very merry Christmas to all our readers and a peaceful New Year.
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