Saturday, December 12, 2015

"Setting Up the Manger Scene"

Day #14 of A-Poem-a-Day Until Christmas

My Manger Scene--made in 1965


A few snowflakes drift in wintry air
as I carry the carton down the stairs
and unwrap the antique fragile things—
a manger, some camels and three kings.

I set them on the polished tabletop,
being careful not to chip or drop
them as I do. Sheep and shepherd men
are arranged as entering Bethlehem.

An angel, gilded, with one chipped wing
is affixed above; her place to sing.
There’s a cow and donkey, nibbling straw,
Joseph, kneeling, with a look of awe

and Mary, new at being mother
gazing adoringly at none other
than her swaddled, holy, infant Son…
Jesus, Our Savior, on day one.

As I move each figure, to its place,
I call upon God’s loving grace…
pray each who stand before my manger,
to Jesus, will never be a stranger.

May this heirloom crèche, made long ago
recall the event that sets hearts aglow.
May He be for them, as He’s been for me—

Sweet Love …
for now
and through eternity.

Maude Carolan Pych

I will be the featured poet
at a free holiday event, Saturday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m.
at the Ant Bookstore & Cafe
345 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, NJ

Poetry, Music & Christmas cookies, too!
All are welcome

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