Jan Richardson

Jan Richardson

God’s glory
is not enhanced
by ornamentation
as a woman’s beauty
is not in her rouge
but well beneath
her soft eye

Nor can love
be deepened by
a flattering word
It’s merely courtesy
to tie the ribbon
round the stems
of a bouquet

The holy child
is not made Christ
by Christmas carols
as man is not a sinner
for a sin of longing
to be well loved
to love as well

“With the loyal you show yourself loyal;
    with the blameless you show yourself blameless;
    with the pure you show yourself pure;
    with the crooked you show yourself perverse.
 You deliver a humble people
    but the haughty eyes you bring down.
    It is you who light my lamp;
    the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.” Psalm 18:25-28


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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3 Responses to Paper`Stars

  1. and may the lamp shine brightly for you and yours this Christmas

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