December 21, 2010

No Passive Participants

Not the mother, certainly,
swollen with tender womb,
divine treasure buried within her,
promised bearer of the holy Baby.

Not the father either, the chosen
provider for the coming Child,
appointed to guide Him throughout
His fleeting days of childhood.

Neither the shepherds, those blessed
and dazzled by celestial choirs,
eager to worship their infant King
who lay in a familiar stable stall.

Nor the eastern noblemen, who
relinquished familial comforts,
journeying to distant Bethlehem,
courageously seeking their king’s King.

Neither you nor I – blessed recipients
and active participants in that ancient
and unforgotten Nativity – privileged
to worship at both cradle and cross.

December 17, 2010

Sevenling (Winter raindrops dance)

Form Challenge from Poetic Asides: write a sevenling

Winter raindrops dance outside,
tinseled snowflakes waltz and twirl
with tintinnabulating sleet –

Clouds hide the dawn; bruising cold
and breathtaking wind eclipse the calendar
in announcing a snowglobe winter –

Christmas is almost here.

December 08, 2010


Prompt from Poetic Asides: write about a generalized group of people, animals, or things

Like a warm cup of coffee,
freshly brewed and waiting
to be savored ever so slowly;

Like a gathering of friends,
by a cozy fireplace with
memories and marshmallows;

Like a snapshot of home,
long forgotten but still
remembered fondly;

So is poetry to me,
comforting and comfortable,
sweetly familiar, piquantly fresh.

December 04, 2010

The Quest

Prompt from Writer's Island: quest

He left his home one morning
with a singular purpose, one
sole goal in mind, one solitary
priority confined in his mind.

Beady-eyed and bushy-tailed,
he was primed for adventure,
eager to peer into that unknown
world beyond his grassy knoll.

His quest was a simple one,
albeit not for the faint of heart,
not for a chicken-minded soul,
only for a few proud bird-brains.

He left his home one morning
on a simple and singular quest;
he merely wanted to cross
to the other side of the street.