AGAINST ALL ODDS

Eighty Christmases ago, plus one
between the WAR (‘twas said) TO END ALL WARS
and World War II, my life had just begun.
Now my waning memory has stored

a few more wars, plus many killing fields
around the globe.  And here I sit, secure
wondering what this century will yield
even as my recollections blur.

The clashes of the darkness and the light
I’ve seen — have been involved in some —
have been amazed to see the bleakest nights
turn toward the dawn — some battles finally won.

And now we’re poised to celebrate new birth.
Against all odds we pray for peace on earth.

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