(14-2-1957 / Tamilnadu, India)

Sonnet: The Old Year

The old year passed off smoothly after all;
God blessed most nations rather profusely;
To many souls, God gave His clarion call;
He chose new leaders who would work truly!

God brought the rains on time and helped us farm;
He gave the sun to help harvest the crops;
He saved us from accidents and great harm;
He blessed the land like early morn dew-drops!

The year rolled off quite calmly from the start;
Most people heaved sighs of greater relief;
God’s mercy flowed in excess from His heart;
Let’s thank the Lord for strengthening our belief!

The Tsunami’s havoc has been undone;
Let peace prevail on earth without a gun.
Copyright by Dr John Celes 12-29-2006

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