Showing posts with label Baby Jesus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Baby Jesus. Show all posts

Monday, January 26, 2015



Early Christian icon, the Virgin of Vladimir


Painted with egg tempera on a wooden board, this icon of the Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus has been treasured in Russia since the middle of the 12th century when the painting traveled from Constantinople to Kiev and on to Vladimir.




To the Icon of the Virgin of Vladimir
by Mary Harwell Sayler

Your eyes
bear the world's
incredible sadness,
your lower lids
descending
into cups
that cannot contain
your grief.

Your mouth
depicts
the close touch
of your Son's cheek –
only a newborn now
but shown
as a miniature man
already ready
to comfort.

Did you sense this?

Did you feel your
heart steadied
by your Infant
and His
infinite hand?


©2015, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. The poem “To the Icon of the Virgin of Vladimir” first appeared in 2011 on Catholic Lane and then in the book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published by Kelsay Books.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Manger Scene: the first Christmas


Manger Scene
by Mary Harwell Sayler

Swaddled in moonlight,
the night sustains its passion:
From the skies,
a blue moon seeks its mate,
and from the heavenlies,
a New Jerusalem awaits
the coming of its counterpart –
a holy city from on high, borne
by the full moon-
shaped mouth
from which The Infant cries.



©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. “Manger Scene” first appeared in the book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published this year by Kelsay Books.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

First gift, first Christmas

Offerings
by Mary Harwell Sayler

Listen, Lord,
I trusted them not to trouble
the animals in the barn.

They needed shelter,
but so did everyone.

Such a crowd I've never seen!

It will take weeks to repair
the damages to my inn,
and weeks to forget
that poor Baby on the hay –
maybe longer.

And maybe it wasn't much,
but, listen, Lord!
I turned no one away.

I gave the best
I had to offer.


© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler. First published in the Vol. XII, No.1, 1985 issue of Time of Singing, the poem also appears in Mary's book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Bible People wisely visit the Baby Jesus during Epiphany


Christian poets such as T.S. Eliot in his wonderful poem “The Journey of the Magi” have often written about the wise men who visited the baby Jesus and His family. That auspicious visit marks Epiphany on the church calendar and reminds us that followers of Christ will not always be understood by others.


Sojourney
by Mary Harwell Sayler

They called us foolish and
foolhardy. Some even said we'd
never show our faces in our towns
again, even if we did manage to
come back alive. They asked,
"What are you looking for anyway?"
But none of us could say. It was
too hard to explain. Even after
we returned with deep wonder
silencing us, they said our minds
had burned from watching stars.



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© 1984, Mary Harwell Sayler. Originally published in Time of Singing and used here by permission of the poet, this poem was later included in the book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.

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