There was a lingering scent,
of pine and peppermint,
out of the corner of my furthest sight,
a fleeting moment of regal red with white,
I know I saw him,
some don’t believe, they’re usually grim.

When, before,
the pantry and shelter struggled for more,
suddenly, some smiling folks came in,
with bags of warm clothes for the bin,
and a catering van from a wedding
the snowstorm postponed,
with trays of ham, macaroni, canapes,
and provolone,
the homeless families with awestruck
delighted in gifts and the blinking
tall Christmas tree,
looking so festive and welcoming
in the lobby,
I know I saw him, momentarily,
and he whispered,
“In our hearts should always be, generosity.”

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