Frenchman's Bay, Maine

Frenchman's Bay, Maine

Monday, December 25, 2006

Happy Birth Day

For any birth makes an inconvenient demand;
Like all holy things
It is frequently a nuisance, and its needs never end;
Strange freedom it brings: we should welcome release
From its long merciless rehearsal of peace.
So Christ comes
At the iron senseless time, comes
To force the glory into frozen veins:
His warmth wakes
Green life glazed in the pool, wakes
All calm and crystal trance with living pains.

from the poem "Christmas and Common Birth" -- by Anne Ridler


beth said...

What a blessing this was to me, on this quiet Christmas day. Thank you so much for posting this beautiful poem - and Merry Christmas to you!

Ginger said...

Beautiful, both the picture and the poetry.

Merry Christmas to you, Laurie, from another TCK. I love finding people of my tribe! Thanks for the blogging friendship.