On a Holy Night

Jan Richardson paintedprayerbook.com

Jan Richardson  paintedprayerbook.com

On a holy night
when Mary and Joseph
kept vigil at a stable manger
in which slept a child God’s Son
legend holds animals found voice
came from far and wide to join
the Creature Choir in rafter
stall hay`loft and rat`hole
The stable rocked

No evangelist
endorses the event
nativity being scandal
enough without beast`jabber
the literate chatter of droll crows
the whinny`whiny`whining
of the bag`bloated goats
or guffaw comment
of the jack`ass

But the bald`eagle
What had she to say?
Or the old pond`beavers
Did they offer up grand tales?
Did the hooked`nosed salmon tell
of swimming the long sands?
Or the leggy blue`heron
stretch out languidly
making her point?

   We who hardly remember what to say at Mystery
   would do well to spend time listening to Creation

“Turn again, O God of hosts;
       look down from heaven, and see;
 Have regard for this vine,
       the stock that your right hand planted.” ~ Psalm 80:14-15


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 On a Holy Night

  1. cheryl622014 says:

    So lovely to read something different and thought provoking adding to what is so well known, or thought to be well known.. Thank You

    Liked by 1 person

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