Archive for December, 2018

All during the holidays we hear our old favorite songs and ones newly written ones. I can’t help thinking about all the “invaders” stuck down in Mexico who are going to have a horrible Christmas this year. And I’m not talking about gifts or a sparkly tree. These people have fled intolerable conditions in their home countries and are now having to tolerate terrible physical conditions in Mexico. Regardless of what your opinion is on immigration, whether you do consider them invaders or not, no one should have to spend Christmas day packed into tents.

This poem was written after I heard the story about a man and his daughter who were seeking asylum and forced back into Mexico. When finally they were allowed in to plead their case, the daughter was malnourished and sick and she subsequently died. No Christmas joy for that man this year!  (can be sung to the tune of the popular song “Hallelujah”)

Broken Hallelujah


He walked the thousand miles to here

With his daughter and had no fear;

Stopped and ask us for asylum.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.


He let himself be taken in

Didn’t see crossing the border as a sin;

Fleeing the horrors from where he came from.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.


It now was almost Christmas day

He and his daughter continued to pray

That our great nation would grant him asylum.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.


Instead he was told to turn away

He could not stay for even a day

And spent the week on a cot with little food.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.


They finally let them cross the line

But for his daughter it wasn’t in time

She died and Christmas did not to come this year.

Hallelujah, Halle…

It’s almost Christmas and here is a quote from the Paper and Packaging Board that appeared in December’s Martha Stewart magazine, to get you thinking about holiday greetings:

– Whether you put paper cards on a table, tape to a door or have a mantel –

“You can’t put an eCard on your mantel.

Holiday wishes are meant to be proudly displayed for all to see throughout the season, but it’s hard to show them off when all of your cards are sitting in you email. With paper’s help, filling your home with warm words and wishes couldn’t be easier.”