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Valsa George


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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  • Veteran Poet - 2,905 Points Bri Edwards (11/17/2014 10:26:00 PM)

    i wonder what kind of cheese they were selling. i can't help it, Valsa; you know how much i like food (and women; but i didn't touch mary!) , including cheese, especially on pizza!

    With tender concern, Joseph joked,
    To ease the strain on Mary’s face.........
    ........i don't recall the bible mentioning jokes, but i wouldn't be surprised. what a nice husband!
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    all joking aside, this stanza is my favorite so far:

    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............. are the hosts the animals who are sharing their haven? i believe hosts is also used in the bible to refer to angels.
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    this poem was not altogether stressful for this former good christian and current agnostic/atheist. yeah, i kinda liked it. and i am reminded of the hard x-mas candy we christian kids got if we attended midnight service on x-mas eve. i think it was midnight. thanks for sharing. don't forget to also read the private message i am about to send about this poem. :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,124 Points Dave Walker (4/21/2014 5:06:00 PM)

    A really wonderful poem, the journey is a hard one, but one that has to be done. A fantastic poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 112 Points 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 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 136 Points Kavya . (12/26/2013 2:39:00 AM)

    thanks for the share Mam and taking us through this hard journey........... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,553 Points 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. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,037 Points 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

    Brilliant! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,933 Points 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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 210 Points 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... (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 9,753 Points Valsa George (12/23/2013 8:25:00 AM)

    I am greatly HONOURED Pat! Thank you so much for the wonderful comments, coming from the generosity of your heart! ! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,841 Points Patricia Grantham (12/23/2013 7:27:00 AM)

    Talk about putting the frosting on the cake! You have so poignantly told
    and elaborated on the greatest story ever told. I felt that you truly take
    the readers with you on this journey telling the turn of events that lead
    up to the birth of the Saviour of the world. A highly deserve 10+++ on this
    very excellent write! You took me there. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,402 Points Dinesh Nair (12/22/2013 10:13:00 PM)

    The resubmission is justified and it is a true tribute paid to the infant Jesus who was born after the haunting spells of Mary`s pregnancy and plight. I would rather ask you to remind Jesus of his promise of final redemption.
    Excellent diction and fine rendering.. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,451 Points * Sunprincess * (12/22/2013 8:33:00 AM)

    oh valsa, my first thought when I finished was...oh I wish
    for you to continue, ...you have nicely written this beautiful
    piece and left me wishing for more... I am sure this has never
    happened before...Merry Christmas and Happy New Year..
    I wish for you to have a peaceful and blessed holiday season..
    thanks for sharing this lovely write.. (Report) Reply

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