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Wednesday, July 17, 2024



By David Hovan Check, North Wildwood

Snow falls

on Christmas Eve

like a thousand

silent doves


toward the surety

of rebirth…

Anxious to dust

a churchside creche

with the distillation

of its frozen


To show

the dubious intention

of mankind

that for once

its stillness

cannot be shaken,

that for just one night

not a drop

of discord

can stain

the Bethlehem

aglow in its heart…

that for this one crystal moment

the rare feathers

of its flakes

can melt only

upon a warm bed of love—

a bed which lifts its vision

toward that one brilliant star…

a star that seems, once again, to shine

                                      so very far away…

Check writes from North Wildwood.

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