advent discontent

May our anger at the injustice of the world
not be mollified
by the anticipation of unwrapping
espresso makers and Pandora charms

may our despair at politics of fear and hatred
not be drowned out
by Christmas carols that tell only
of happiness and joy

and may our belief in Christmas miracles
not leave us deaf
to calls for every day
compassion and kindness

May we hold tight to the discontent of the prophets
this Christmas.
May we not find peace
until justice and love have come.

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