I heard no bells on Christmas Day,
no familiar carol,
no song of peace on Earth,
only bad news:
war raging in the Middle East,
a sea plane crash in Russia,
a friend's canine companion passing,
another friend's mother diagnosed with breast cancer,
a third's mother hospitalized with dehydration,
actress Carrie Fisher dead from a heart attack.
There may be no peace on earth,
no good will to men,
but hope still lives.