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A Journey to Bethlehem

On a bleak and frosty night
Vexed and weary two travellers rode
Along the pathways-craggy and ragged
From Nazareth, trudging miles on end

Full pregnant, was she with child
Mary -the Virgin, suffused with Spirit Holy
Divinely ordained to bear the Godly Prince
Conceived before, she had known her spouse.

Abiding in Heaven’s Providence n’ care
They had rode past miles behind
Far too fatigued by the trip
Mary, now badly needed a place to rest.

Heading towards the blinking lights
Not far from the city’s guarded gate
Joseph sighted a tavern-small
Perched high on a tiny hill

A sense of relief beamed past
They have come at last to the journey’s end
Finally found a place to rest!
An interim home away from home

Tethering the donkey outside the gate
Joseph helped Mary alight the brute
In eager search, he hurried inside
With Mary, following with faltering steps.

But the couple, to their dismay found
Within the tavern, room, there was none
For many a man had gathered round
To halt there on that freezing night

Sundry folk from surrounding lands
Had reached Bethlehem for the yearly census
Tradesmen selling clothes and cheese
Nomads of varying clans and clime

Petulant camels, braying donkeys
The place was littered with man and beast.
The tavern small, so packed to full
Had no more space to harbour the crowd

Mary and Joseph, though dejected,
Were encamped within a manger- warm
With tender concern, Joseph joked,
To ease the strain on Mary’s face

“Gaze upon this palace of gold
Where a son shall soon be born to us”!
Mary smiled a gentle smile,
Humoured by her husband’s jest

Under the gaze of tethered hosts
In veiled privacy of the midnight gloom
She gave birth to a radiant child,
The great Redeemer to all Mankind

The star studded sky suddenly glowed
With a rare brilliance never beheld
And a celestial voice trailed along
Delivering ‘tidings of joy’ to the globe around!

Submitted: Saturday, December 21, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This is a resubmission! During Christmas, a glimpse into the arduous journey, Mary and Joseph undertook to give birth to the great redeemer who taught the world that ultimate joy and peace can be found only through the hard way! !

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  • Padmanabhan Ananth (1/6/2014 4:24:00 AM)

    Very well said, mellow words.

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  • Joseph Anderson (12/31/2013 9:31:00 AM)

    A most precious retelling of the greatest story ever told. Clear, vivid and impactful. A very rare beauty

  • Kavya . (12/26/2013 2:39:00 AM)

    thanks for the share Mam and taking us through this hard journey...........

  • Kee Thampi (12/24/2013 10:37:00 PM)

    a lively poem.....each and every words filled with soul of Him

  • Geetha Jayakumar (12/24/2013 5:27:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. You took us on a wonderful journey to Bethlehem. Enjoyed reading it. Fantastic write. Loved it.

  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (12/24/2013 1:48:00 AM)

    Under the gaze of tethered hosts
    In veiled privacy of the midnight gloom
    She gave birth to a radiant child,
    The great Redeemer to all Mankind


  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (12/23/2013 11:12:00 PM)

    The arduous journey to Bethlehem is beautifully rendered in a timely poem. Merry Christmas to all.

  • Hazel Durham (12/23/2013 12:45:00 PM)

    You create Mary and Joseph's journey with spellbinding lines that paint such a vivid picture that shines so bright!
    Thank you for sharing.

  • Valerie Dohren (12/23/2013 10:28:00 AM)

    The Christmas Story reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. Good one Valsa.

  • Marie Shine (12/23/2013 8:48:00 AM)

    The story of the first Christmas is so beautifully narrated in this exquisite penning, dear Valsa! A very moving, touching account from your poetic pen. I wish you and your beloved family a very blessed, joyous and Happy Christmas, with a New Year which is magical for you all in every possible way. Blessings from Baby Jesus in Bethlehem to you all. Thank you for sharing...

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