Toritto in 1985 – 43 years old
There is nothing I can give you
which you have not
but there is much I cannot give
which you can take.
All can be dark
yet in the darkness
is Joy, Peace
Life and Heart.
We need only look
to take these for our own;
Touch the Angel’s hand
that brings these gifts to you
So at this time I greet you
with profound esteem and hope
that for you always, the dawn breaks
and the shadows flee away.
Inspired by a letter of Christmas greetings from Fra Giovanni Giocondo to his friend, the Countess Allegio Aldobrandeschi of Venice on Christmas Eve 1513 – 503 years ago.
I didn’t think the Friar would mind.
I am preparing to depart to join my daughters and my new grandson for his first Christmas so I will be gone from the virtual world for a few days.
Best wishes for Christmas and 2017!
And from the greatest Christmas concert ever, done as only New York can do it, two true American Divas; Kathleen Battle, daughter of an Ohio steel worker and Frederica von Stade, one of our Jersey girls at Carnegie Hall – 1992. Brava!!