Happy Holidays! Whichever ones
Apply: Jewish, Christian, secular!
People should be less particular,
Perhaps because the labels aren't sums.
Year's end's a time of darkness, true, but when
Has outer darkness darkened inner light?
Our separate faiths at this sweet time unite,
Lighting one large room beyond our ken.
In celebration there is more than joy:
Days of feasting bind our friendships fast,
A fat and full embrace of things that last,
Yet holy in what sense one might employ,
Savoring all rites that spirits buoy.
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon