Joy [poetry]

The epidemic of mirth

with an R of 2.

The crack in the ice

that heralds the thaw of Spring.

The wick in the candle

that sputters into daylight.

The pinprick of starlight

that heralds the light of the world.

The smile of relief

on the face of a newly nursing mother.

Paul Arnold is Assistant Curate of Preston on Tees and Longnewton in the Diocese of Durham.

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