I read this poem for the first time this Christmas. I love it.
The Risk of Birth, Christmas, 1973
This is no time for a child to be born, With the earth betrayed by war & hate And a comet slashing the sky to warn That time runs out & the sun burns late. That was no time for a child to be born, In a land in the crushing grip of Rome; Honor & truth were trampled by scorn— Yet here did the Savior make his home. When is the time for love to be born? The inn is full on the planet earth, And by a comet the sky is torn— Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.
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