Together To Gather

child decorates Chrsitmas tree in cathedral
Emily F. Rowe

This Christmas will be different.
We’ll congregate once more
inside a warm beautiful stone Church
and we’ll do all that we haven’t
when we were separated.
Donning our masks we’ll risk hugs
and share butterfly kisses
and blow kisses to others from across the nave.
And we’ll talk softly about those we lost
when we all were away.
But ultimately we’ll be blessed
with the option to gather
to admire bright Christmas lights together.
And even those who are not huggers
will extend their arms to those they’ve known for centuries and hug.

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