a poem by Fred Mcilmoyle, Ireland

Crisp winter’s mantle drapes the town
enfolding all in a satin gown of white.
Dancing snowflakes whirling, leave
crystal gems to adorn the eaves tonight
Resounding voices clear and bright
echo through fading halls of light
as cold feet crunch through crusted snow
to form a ring in the lantern’s glow -
Stand and sing in the lantern’s glow.

An opening door sends a shaft of light
slicing through the startled night
and silhouettes those grouped within
who wait to hear of the seraphim

In frosted windows, candles gleam
illuminating this Christmas scene.
From parish tower bell ringers
peal in praise with the carol singers

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