Saturday, December 18, 2010

The star shone

Glenwood 'Special' School nativity 2010

The star shone

The star shone.
Angels came,
their singing inspired.
The stable backdrop
was all that was still within excited fidget.
For though these angels have runny noses
and fly only in their dreams,
their place beside the manger
has been ordained.

Shepherds, shepherded and straying,
struggle in, bemused,
eyes searching, not for God or promise,
but for mum among the gathering.

Kings came,
a multitude of stars light the way
bright and sparkling from their eyes.

Mary cuddles the doll-child,
joy written on her face,
while ‘Joseph’ wondered why he was there
as Josephs always do.
The ox and donkey, in wheel-chaired
ballet, share the crowded moments.

This stable is not pristine and sanitised,
does not adorn cards with cherub, saint or fable.
This is worship from hearts with broken bodies
to break the hearts of the whole.

2 comments:

Sheila said...

You have really captured the scene! I especially liked:
"while ‘Joseph’ wondered why he was there
as Josephs always do." That brought a smile and then you ended with:
"This is worship from hearts with broken bodies
to break the hearts of the whole," to bring an ache to my heart.

The Unknowngnome said...

Beautiful....let the children come to me.