An Alternate Reality

Angel Bells

The universe is continuously ringing with bells, so very many Angel bells

More than the sum of all the Christmas lights
More than the total of all the cookies consumed
More than the needles on the fir trees
or the prayers of the lost and lonely 

Ringing for the loved ones who are now angels
Ringing for all those who are left behind
Ringing for the children who still dare to hope
or the unfulfilled dreams with nowhere to sleep 

Listen closely and you can hear the bells

It is the sound we hear in the falling snow
It is the cries of the newborn, the wheezes of the elderly
It is the breath of life, exhaled in a whisper
It is the beating heart of existence 

We would do well to listen

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