In the spirit of hip-hop, and of the season, I’ve sampled three great poets (Dickinson, Shakespeare, Newton**) to offer a Christmas prayer that might get us through this fearful eve. Merry Xmas, y’all, and come January, a good flight. James Livingston

Every man was blind:
The truth had dazzled them–suddenly,
The eyes around had wrung them dry,
Their tears had drowned the wind.
But now these sightless couriers of the air
Have roused themselves–foolishly:
Their faith belies this reality,
Once blind, but now they see.

**”Tell All the Truth,” “Macbeth,” Act I, scene vii, “Amazing Grace.”