September Carol

Old Ebenezer Scrooge
at three a.m. in September
gets you thinking about hearts
why some are hardened
by the trials of years
a shortage of laughter
an excess of tears
seemingly unredeemable
except by divine miracle

while others, being trampled,
simply transcend the pain
always ready and able
to laugh and love again.
A heart that feels
is a gift from God
but a gift that has a cost
still most would agree preferable
to waiting on that miracle
for recovering feelings lost.

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