Christmas

Yes it’s possible
while babies squeal, carols blare,
and crowds take over,

it’s just possible
to find in a lost child’s face
the point of it all.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Portland OR and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at tom.develyn@comcast.net. D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

One thought on “Christmas”

  1. The poem takes the reader through the priority of the possible which characterizes sophistry–and consumerism–to the possibility not put ahead of the real but part of it. We move through the glitter of consumerism and yet we resee it not as diametrically oipposed to what is good in a gnostic denial of material life and even materialism, but as full not only of potential but also of actual goodness. The poignant open questioning of the lost child’s face concretizes that goodness. It is not abstract or abstraction yet it is not foreclosed and not an object for sale. It refocuses and opens our longing and our reflections on ourselves to absolute love, divine otherness at once beyond and dwelling among us.

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