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Advent 2006: A Christmas Poem

A Christmas Poem

Written for the 1982 Carol Service
of Nene College, Northampton

     One of the oxen said
“I know him, he is me — a beast
     Of burden, used, abused,
     Excluded from the feast —
     A toiler, one by whom
     No task will be refused:
I wish him strength, I give him room.”

     One of the shepherds said
“I know him, he is me — a man
     Who wakes when others sleep,
     Whose watchful eyes will scan
     The drifted snow at night
     Alert for the lost sheep:
I give this lamb, I wish him sight.”

     One of the wise men said
“I know him, he is me — a king
     On wisdom’s pilgrimage,
     One Plato claimed would bring
     The world back to its old
     Unclouded golden age:
I wish him truth, I give him gold.”

     Mary his mother said
“I know his heart’s need, it is mine —
     The chosen child who lives
     Lost in his Lord’s design,
     The self and symbol of
     The selfless life he gives:
I give him life, I wish him love.”

Dick Davis (b. 1945)

I think this is my favorite of the poems I've chosen this year.

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