Wednesday, December 23, 2009


This is my all-time favorite Christmas poem, one I have cherished for over thirty years. I wanted to share it as the holiday approaches.

Mary's Song

Blue homespun and the bend of my breast
keep warm this small hot naked star
fallen to my arms. (Rest …
you who have had so far to come.)
Now nearness satisfies
the body of God sweetly. Quiet he lies
whose vigor hurled a universe. He sleeps
whose eyelids have not closed before.
His breath (so slight it seems
no breath at all) once ruffled the dark deeps
to sprout a world. Charmed by doves' voices,
the whisper of straw, he dreams,
hearing no music from his other spheres.
Breath, mouth, ears, eyes
he is curtailed who overflowed all skies,
all years. Older than eternity, now he
is new. Now native to earth as I am, nailed
to my poor planet, caught
that I might be free, blind in my womb
to know my darkness ended,
brought to this birth for me to be new-born,
and for him to see me mended
I must see him torn.

Luci Shaw


Splendid Little Stars said...

Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Mollye said...

Hi Ani, Sure hope your Christmas was Merry and Bright. I love the poem. I had never heard it but am glad you shared with us.

Hey Happy New Year to you and your family. Hugs, Mollye

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