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she placed the angel atop

the Christmas tree

like he had so many years before.

she flattened her dress

and looked at the glisten

in the porcelain dolls eyes.

she bent her knees and wept,

holding the angel like she was holding him.

“I know God needed you,

I know you were too tired to fight

but I’m jealous of the angels

who get your company each night.

you said I love you

but I never said I’m sorry

for so many things, for not saying

all I had to say.”

she touched the snow under

the tiny villages,

remembering a brighter Christmas Day.

-AR