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Poems to get us ready for Christmas

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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

shoulder.

 

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

grunt.

 

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,

 

comes

into our manure,

setting us free

by Grace’s compassion.

 

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