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The Seventh Day of Christmas

The Seventh Day of Christmas

written by: Amita Sarjit Ahluwalia



Focus, if you will,
On the Seventh Day of Christmas
When you were gifted
Seven Swans a-swimming
Symbolising the Seven Sacraments
The mystical channels of Grace.

Of Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation,
Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick,
Ordination, and Marriage,
Concentrate on Reconciliation.

Of Confession, Penance, Self-Reflection,
Remorse, Pardon, Absolution, Restitution,
And Renewal, double down on Renewal.

For Renewal is what you need every moment,
Every day, every time, every step of the way,
And it comes when you stop for Self-Reflection.

Partridges, blackbirds, hens, or geese:
What really do you need from these?
Rings or drums or pipes or pears
Will not take away your tears.
Lords and Ladies, pipers, maids
Of all colours, hues, and shades
Drummers, doves, dancers and dames
Won’t help you achieve your aims.

Reflect, regret, reform, re-start,
Restitute and renew.
As a new year begins,
It’s the best you can do.

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