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Christmas Concert

After the women's voices, after

the tenor's crescendoed refrain,

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after the youth bell choir, faces

gleaming with the bells,

one child sings.

Doctors said he'd not talk,

nor walk, nor stand erect.

tall and straight under the nativity; alone,

hands hard-clasped; his voice,

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with effort, strong and clear:

Light and life to all he brings....

Walking home, small in new snow,

white breath in my lungs,

I hear again his voice, a crystal

Christmas vignette, simply saying: