Monday, December 12, 2022

"Setting Up the Manger Scene"

 A-Poem-a-Day Until Christmas...

Maude's hand-painted ceramic manger scene



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

It's a perfect Christmas gift...

Maude Carolan Pych's

book of poems 

about the Birth, Death, & Resurrection of Jesus,

"Behold the Lamb...poetically!"

is available online

at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

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