A Christmas Poem

23 Dec



How many time have I seen them together

Yet mostly near birth or just after death

Neglecting the hard passage through time

From infant Jesus to the cross is too quick

For my modern eye to see

And rarely caught the painter’s fancy

But holding the holy infant

Became back then the artist’s signature of belief

As holding the limp sacred body

Became the artist’s inscription of faith

This holy mother alone for centuries

Abandoned in hard times by Joseph

Or was it the other way around

Abandoned also by her only son

Or was it the other way around

Her son who finds the world to lose it

And is found again and mortally spurned

And found yet again to be so well remembered.

3 Responses to “A Christmas Poem”

  1. johntudorwalsh December 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    Absolutely divine! Beautiful poem.

  2. Björn Lindgren December 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Dear Richard,

    Thank you for your beautiful poem.

    I wish to respond with the words
    of Thomas Traherne:

    You never know the world aright
    till the Sea floweth in your Veins,
    till you are Clothed with the Heavens,
    and Crowned with the Stars;
    And perceive yourself to be
    the sole Heir of the Whole World;
    And more then so, because Men are in it
    who are every one Sole Heirs, as well as you.
    Till you are Intimately Acquainted with that Shady Nothing out of which this World was made;
    Till your spirit filleth the whole World
    and the Stars are your Jewels;
    Till you love Men so as to Desire their Happiness
    with a thirst equal to the zeal of your own.

    Thomas Traherne 1636-1674

    Yours in the Dharma,
    Björn Lindgren


  3. Erico December 24, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    moments of pure magnificence, where we perceive our lonely heart to be part of a collective soul, curiosly all of our joy comes from in contrast of all inevitable sadness…this is the paradox and the whole beauty of humanity

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