<> Greacen011 Unpublished Poems Greacen Estate 19 Jan Linen Hall Library Wednesday, March 16, 2016 TIFF Greacen011 Manuscript Christmas tree English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/greacen011 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Greacen011_0.jpg LHL Archive Christmas Tree Now when December days drag out to the year’s end Through a tunnel with hardly a blink of light One day unexpectedly leaps into flames. We see the radiance for a moment through child eyes, And know that all could be different because He came To Bethlehem those weary centuries ago. The Christmas tree shivers in a trance of light For a moment we recapture a lost delight And think that if things are not for the best Perhaps they are not all for the worst; That the game is worth these lighted candles, That if our feet still refuse to dance Across the pavements of a sodden world With luck - and grace - we may get another chance. Text