Toddler Group – Incarnation

she is storytelling the glory of God
in gold annunciation

threads spinning from the messenger
shining round and through the frightened girl

which settles to a nub of joy
beneath her beating heart

she tells of journey
and the anxious tramp from no to no

until at last there’s somewhere
a blessed anywhere

a billet in the shed behind the pub
straw stacks shelter from the bitter night

and then the baby

she tells of shepherds on the hill
of stars the sudden blitz of light

all through the telling
the toddler stays on note

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah        loud
unwavering                        aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

but now the storyteller smiles
moves closer

yes she says that’s right
the whole sky’s singing aaaaaaaaah

child and teller eye to eye
he gives voice    she meets the cry

together they are             aaaaaaaaah
you’re right she says that’s how those angels sounded

that’s what they sang – aaaaaaaaaaaaa – llelujah
aaaaaaaa – lellujah                         aa – llelujah

together they fall silent                 still
now the boy listens

for the coming of the kings
the jingle of the harness bells

the long stride of camels
strange gifts

gold       incense    myrrh
a long determined human cry

About Jan Dean

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