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12/19/2005: "Christmas poetry"

Last year I was asked to speak to the young women and young men in our ward about Christmas. These are two of the poems I shared in my Christmas message; I felt they were worth sharing again.

Behold I Stand by Gerard Kelly

When the night is deep
With the sense of Christmas
And expectancy hangs heavy
On every breath,
Behold, I stand at the door and knock.

When the floor is knee deep
In discarded wrapping paper
And the new books are open at page one
And the new toys are already broken,
Behold, I stand at the door and knock.

When the family is squashed
Elbow to elbow
Around the table
And the furious rush for food is over
And the only word that can describe the feeling
Is full,
Behold, I stand at the door and knock.

And when Christmas is over
And the television is silent
For the first time in two days
And who sent which card to whom
Is forgotten until next year,
Behold, I stand at the door.

And when the nation has finished celebrating
Christmas without Christ
A birthday
Without a birth
The coming of a kingdom
Without a King
And when I am

Behold, I stand.

The Wicked Fairy at the Manger
By U. A. Fanthorpe

My gift for the child:

No wife, kids, home;
No money sense. Unemployable.
Friends, yes. But the wrong sort—
The workshy, women, wimps,
Petty infringers of the law, persons
With notifiable diseases, poll tax collectors, tarts;
The bottom rung.
His end?
I think we’ll make it
Public, prolonged, painful.

Right, said the baby. That was roughly
What we had in mind.

Replies: 2 Comments

on Monday, December 19th, mamacita said

WOW, how powerful ! Both of these are incredibly wonderful. Thanks for sharing !

on Tuesday, December 20th, Kimberly said

those are good. I enjoyed them.

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