Poems to get us ready for Christmas


By Ernesto Tinajero

The Christmas marketing machine is starting to turn. The radio already has Christmas songs playing and the displays are coming out. I thought it would be a good time to remind us what Christmas is all about. Here are two advent poems to get us ready for the surprising coming of God as a babe.

To Burp God


Mary, poor, proud,

and strong, takes her

baby upon her left



Jesus, fed and warm,

feels the pat on the large

of his back. Once,

Twice, then …


From the depths

of his tiny body

delivers a galloping



The two laugh

together. Mary comes

face to face with

God, cooing.


The Greatest Story


The birth

of love lays

in a manger. God,

surrounded by manure,



into our manure,

setting us free

by Grace’s compassion.


About Ernesto Tinajero

Art, says Ernesto Tinajero, comes from the border of what has come before and what is coming next. Tinajero uses his experience studying poetry and theology to write about the intersecting borders of art, poetry and religion.

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