Showing posts with label nativity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nativity. Show all posts

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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