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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

A Christmas Carol

Out of darkness into light
flies the Doubting Thomas bird,
what is hid is only might
What is might's a mite absurd.

Out of winter into spring
wing the cries of infant king,
hope and passion both they bring:-
let the bells of heaven ring!

So much hidden, so much light,
so much wrong and so much right,
earth is in a parlous plight:-
sing your carols through the night!

Sing the darkness from the earth,
we who never thought to see
now confront a peerless birth
in the light of mystery.

Need and want go hand in hand -
they did so in the stable -
read the symbols in the sand,
then gather round the table.

Ox and ass and magi there -
nothing by its birth is banned,
creatures both of faith and flair:
nothing outlawed out of hand.

Out of fable, truth to tell,
each man shapes it as he grows,
finds his personal Noel,
his own demons to depose.

Here's to a wonderful Christmas
and all the blessings of the season to you all.
May your God or proxy-god be kind to you.

17 comments:

Gerry Snape said...

Thankyou Dave.
Grand poem.

Elisabeth said...

Thanks for the poem and the Christmas greetings. I offer them back to you.

Raj said...

Out of fable, truth to tell,
each man shapes it as he grows,
finds his personal Noel,
his own demons to depose.

lovely.

merry christmas sir.

Windsmoke. said...

Wonderful Christmas poem. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Paul C said...

You have found an authentic heart to our yearning. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

120 Socks said...

Thanks Dave. Great poem. Merry Christmas to you as well.

Cloudia said...

Aloha from Hawaii, Dave

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Dave King said...

Thanks all
Your visits and comments are very much appreciated.

I am not sure how much I'll be around Blogland over the next two or three days - popping in and out, most likely. In accordance with an ancient family tradition going back more years than I care to recall - could be as many as ten - we have our family Christmas dinner tomorrow on Christmas Eve. Could be I'm in danger of having two Christmas dinners this year! Be assured I shall read them all and visit - eventually!

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Derrick said...

We ought to be able to find a picture to accompany your carol, Dave! Man's questing nature will always leave us wondering, it seems. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Kat Mortensen said...

Love this! "peerless birth" and "personal Noel" rang true for me.

Merry Christmas, Dave!

P.S. When you get a moment, I invite you to visit my new doodles-blog here: katpicks.blogspot.com

Dave King said...

Derrick
Thanks for your comments and your good wishes, the latter of which I return. I did briefly think of looking for an illustration, but was a bit short of time.

Kat
Appreciate the comments. Will go straight over. Have a grand Christmas.

Friko said...

A wonderful Christmas to you, dear Dave. May the Muse ever remain close.

Gwei Mui said...

Merry Christmas and here's to a marvellous New Year.
What a great piece Dave - as`ever brilliant - how do you do it?:)

Dick said...

I like the inclusiveness of this poem, drawing believer and sceptic together. My kind of carol! Have a good Christmas, Dave, and a healthy and productive 2011.

Dave King said...

Friko
And to you too, many thanks for your visit.

Gwei Mui
My thanks - and my blushes - as always.
See you - possibly after the jollies. Have a great time.

Dick
Many thanks and a wonderful Christmas to you and yours.

Ruth said...

I love the light and shadow of this poem gift, Dave. It's great to know you're here and keeping such high standards for the art of poetry.

Merry Mystery and a Happy New Year!