The Christmas Poems

Old Testament Advent Poem No. 6

The King and the Everlasting Kingdom:

1 Samuel 16:13 & 2 Samuel 7:16

The oil trickled

down his hair

and  handsome young neck.

Before David’s  kin

the Spirit plunged into his being.

A new king was made.

 

Xmas '[pemsAnother time:

A chilled night,

No oil,

but the Spirit hovered

lovingly, mightily:

The Everlasting King

was born.

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The Christmas Poems from 2011

Last year in my Christmas poems I tried, with a number of them, to look at Christmas from the point of view of some of the participants. I have never before had so much fun writing poetry. It was a treat trying to get into the heads of these characters. Some of the ideas came from the Bible and others from my imagination.

What Lord?

The Innkeeper – Correcting the record

The Shepherds – a narrative

The Magi – another Christmas Poem

Immanuel

So You Think …

Advent – the joy of expectation

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Advent – the joy of expectation

Advent
Coming and becoming.
Anticipating
and hoping.
Longing and
Rejoicing.
The ancient Words,
Promises
and pledges
Coming to Life –
Eternal Life.
The salvation plan
winding through
history and people,
kings and peasants,
obedience and rebellion.
Dim distant Covenant shadows
Given breath
and Voice
in starlit Bethlehem.
God made flesh.
Humanity offered life.
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The Christmas Poems – alternate angles

The Christmas Poems

Now that the Advent season has begun, I think I have finished my Christmas poems but if any readers have ideas that they would like me to pursue, please pass them on. It has been a lot of fun!

The series of poems can be found under “The Christmas Poems” category. Or click the link.

Pieter

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The Innkeeper – Correcting the record

I’ve been given a bum wrap.
On the night in question
I’d gone to bed early.
The place was full
‘coz of this census thing.
I’ d been busy all day
fetchin’ this and 
and sortin’ that.
And I turned in.
I was bushed.
Now I find I am blamed
for leaving the Messiah
out in the cold.
How was I to know!
It’s not my fault!
The girl at the desk
(a bird brain!)
Never told me.
She told the pregnant lady
and her husband
to use the back shed.
I woulda had more
respect than that.
 
Years later 
people still blame me.
Matthew doesn’t mention me.
Neither does Luke.
But people
once again
jump to 
the wrong conclusions,
like they do so often.
 
Yep.
It coulda been done better.
But still,
how many people can say
the Saviour was born
behind their pub!
 
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The Magi – another Christmas Poem

They laughed behind their hands
when we set off.
Our camels loaded.
What will it be?
A king?
A child?
A what?
We headed westward
with anticipation
and gifts.
The omen was clear
shining in the sky –
our compass and guide.
 
All of our studies seemed
true.
But
what if we found
no child
no king?
Could we return?
Our reputations a joke!
 
But “something”
was felt by us all
as we travelled
the long miles west.
 
We found a king
in Jerusalem.
Too old,
Too mean,
Too unwise.
We vowed not
to return this way.
We stargazed on
and came
to a man, woman and child.
No pretensions.
Humble
Joyfilled
poor
but ALIVE!
 
Then we knew!
We were sure!
The child, king , messiah
was found.
We could return home
with stories
with hope
… and our reputations.
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Immanuel

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).  Matt 1:23

Immanuel
God with us.
From Zion to earth
and birth to death,
the eternal to the temporal,
Holiness to sin.
 
Immanuel
in my daily work
and rest,
my highs
and lows,
the good and bad.
 
Emmanuel
when we wage war
and quarrel.
Personally and communally.
When we help or hinder.
When a child lives
or dies.
When nations and empires
rage
and fall.
 
Emmanuel
on my journey
by day or
by life,
my eyes open
or closed.
My life open or closed.
 
Emmanuel,
“I will never leave you or fosake you.”
 
Emmanuel,
will I leave you or forget you?
will we stumble
with our eyes shut to the light?
 
Emmanuel,
“Are you there?”
 
“God with us” 
You are!
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The Shepherds – a narrative

It was like any other night in winter.
We were alert.
The predators are always hungry in these months.
Lamb is always on their menu.
The cold, froze our words.
We were shivering
and then
we were still shivering
but now in fear.
Out of nowhere, 
well, the sky really,
this amazing light shone.
Day, in the middle of the night!
Shivering, trembling, cowering.
Paralysed.
Nothing to hide behind –
except sheep.
Even Big Jacob was jelly!
 
The bright being declared,
“Don’t be afraid,
I’ve come to give you news
of the Christ – the Messiah.”
 
It’s a baby!
In Bethlehem! 
 
So we bolted for Bethlehem,
The sheep could look after themselves,
for a while.
This news was too good to miss!
 
We found a mum, dad and baby,
by a feed trough,
and somehow,
as the mum, Mary
showed the baby to us,
we just knew, what the angel said was true.
She held God in her hands!
And our lives, and the world,
Would never be the same
again.
 

From the series: The Christmas Poems that I am working on at present.

 
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So You Think …

“Nothing is impossible with God” Luke 1:37

So you think the virgin birth is “miraculous”
even impossible,
maybe ridiculous.
A lie
from a silly girl, who
should have known better one night.
You suppose walking on water,
feeding 5000,
is a stretch of the imagination.
You laugh at the blind man,
“Here’s mud in your eye!”
You scorn
the tale of the paralysed victim,
and the water into wine …
What vintage?
 
But wait,
your calloused 
“There is no God out there” 
heart,
Your snide aside,
the “omnipotent” God. Ha!
He’s dead!
can’t withstand the
scalpel onslaught of His Spirit
when He says,
“You’re mine.”
 

From the series: The Christmas Poems that I am working on at present.

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What Lord?

A short poetic reflection on Matthew 1:18-25

Joseph:
What Lord?
I can’t believe it!
She is a good girl,
an honourable girl.
She would never betray me!
 
What Lord?
I must still marry her!
What Lord?
Your Spirit!
How can that be?
 
Yes Lord.
“I will”
Yes Lord,
His name
will be Saviour.
 
Yes Lord,
I will.
 

From the series: The Christmas Poems that I am working on at present.

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