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A Christmas message from the Italian poet Trilussa

The Nativity

I sincerely thank you, good people
for these nativities that you prepare for me,
but what do you do them for? If you hate yourself,
if about this love you understand nothing ..

Because of this love I was born, and I died,
for centuries I spread it from the cross.
But my word seems a voice
lost in the desert without anybody listening.

People make the nativity and don’t listen to me,
always try to make it more extravagant,
but their heart is cold and indifferent
and do not understand that without love
it is junk that has no value.

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