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Lynn Hummel: ‘Merry Christmas’ I shouted

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“Merry Christmas!” I shouted to a woman on the street.

But she didn’t hear me.

Her misty eyes stared halfway round the globe

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Where her son was lost in Afghanistan

And never found his way home.

“Merry Christmas!” I cried to an old gent in the alley.

But he didn’t hear me.

He was dragging a cardboard box to another address

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