Star of Gold Removed
By Helen Kimball Orgill
I saw my neighbor across the way
Take down her star of gold today,
That in her window shining through
Was superseded by the blue.
She smiled and tried to hide the pain
That long within her heart had lain.
Evading not his mentioned name,
Yet modest of her hero’s fame,
I saw beyond the courage won,
A pillow wet with day begun.
The star to her meant many boys:
The one who played with childish toys,
The lad who had with living seethed,
The twinkling eyes and teeth all wreathed
In smiles, who played at games with zest,
And danced and skated with the best.
O wise of earth, men high and low,
What recompense can you bestow?
The star of gold, O let it lead
Away from selfishness and greed,
To beckon on, like long ago,
The star of Bethlehem to glow!