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The Christmas Gift
By E.L. David
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2011 E.L. David
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Chapter OneOn Christmas Eve the snow came down, And everywhere in every town, All yellow, red and white and brown, Were feasting, singing and dancing around.
But as the snowflakes fell so light One candle wasn't shining bright. No fire burned, no Christmas tree, No happy faces could I see.
No Christmas laughter could I hear, No hearty voices hailed a cheer; And as I watched I shed a tear, I wondered what had led me here.
I'd never passed this way before I felt compelled to witness more. I dropped my bundles in the lane, And wiped the snow from windowpane;
In faintest light what did I see? A boy and girl on mother's knee. Huddled close against the cold, They weren't even ten years old.
A tattered blanket to keep them warm Was naught against the coming storm. I must've stood there for a while, And watched the mother bravely smile Gathering strength from up above To shelter them with all her love.
I watched them eat the rind of a pear, And even this they had to share! All I could do was stop and stare. What could I do, why should I care?
It's Christmas Eve - I'm in a hurry Why must I be made to worry? What would my timepiece indicate? I pulled it out – Oh no – I'm late!
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