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Francisco R. Albano

Cabagan, Isabela, Philippines
Francisco R. Albano
Cabagan, Isabela, Philippines
Thursday, January 23, 2014

I Sing Of The Event That Is Matchless

The way it was:
A newborn baby’s cry broke silence of one night.
The cow mooed, the donkey brayed,
A chicken cluck-clucked and laid an egg.
Carpenter Joseph uttered: “It’s a boy! ”
“Of course it is, silly, ” Mama Mary said.
The swaddled one took to her breast,
And the heavens burst into De Angelis,
Gloria in excelsis Deo, peace on earth!
The rest is history of slow but sure recognition
And firm affirmation of presence of Word-
Made-Flesh, Emmanuel, God-with-us,
Of a separate peace in violent Pax Romana,
Of space-time reordered in redeemed relations
As planned for a new heaven, a new earth.
You see it too? Let’s from the stable go
Into land-time of armed Pax Capitalista
And defensive emerging Pax Socialista
And sing his story.
Francisco R. Albano
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