06 January 2016

In the Spirit

File:Madonna-and-child.jpg
Madonna and Child by Davezelenka (2005)



Glee raises Christmas caroling
happiness for birth days,
a yearly Joy to the World (!) see 
how great the joy a babe is born
Joy joy joy (!) greater yet to live
past childhood far from where death stalks
and drains the spirit of true peace,
a joy to rest vigilance when
it's safe to forget fear, such joy
to wait for un-troubled sleep, joy
recalled in Christmas caroling
at home and in streets lit with glee,
evergreen trees tremble with joy
joy joy (!) and more spirit deploy.




Copyright © 2016  Susan L. Chast



21 comments:

Nuwan S said...

it is salubrious susan
good luck
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Sanaa Rizvi said...

Love this - Indeed the idea of untroubled sleep and streets lit with glee are gifts of happiness and joy. Beautifully penned :D


Lots of love,
Sanaa

Jae Rose said...

I think that is the most beautiful Madonna and Child painting i have ever seen - perfectly combined with your words to lift the Spirit..oddly i sat for a while in the church this morning.. i shall have to research but i am wondering if there was a reason Alice was dressed in blue and white.. curious or coincidence..

totomai said...

Joy is one of the words that makes me happy just by hearing it. It also has the innocence.

The trees are in agreement, they are full of joy not only during Christmas but also at times when a baby is born. Or something positive happens in the world.

Thanks for sharing this Susan.

Anonymous said...

Joy will surely come when it becomes safe enough to forget fear... Hopefully the world gets there soon.

Nicholas said...

Hi Susan,

thanks for this joyful holiday poem. I could sense your happiness in it over our Savior's birth. God bless.

rallentanda said...

It would be good to retain the Christmas spirit of joy throughout the year.There really is a feeling of joy and hope during the season but it seems to vanish quickly in the New Year.

Purba chakraborty said...

The spirit of joy is palpable in this poem. Beautifully written :)

Unknown said...

Beautiful poem! Happiness radiates through your poem.

Paul Andrew Russell said...

I think for a Christian the feeling that He is with us all the time helps us to feel that joy when at times it can be overlooked. Lovely writing. :-)

Myrna R. said...

I pray that spirit remains active, alive all year. Your poem and the painting make a lovely combination.

Rob Jackson said...

The holiday season always brings joy to me as well. Have a prosperous 2016!

Mary said...

Christmas is definitely a season of joy; there is something about those beautifully decorated streets, I think. And, of course, there is the joy of singing Christmas carols...the same ones every year!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

A joyous poem indeed! That is a wonderful Madonna and child....ethnically more correct than most that we see.

Matthew Henningsen said...

I really like the center portion of your poem... great images of death being kept at bay. Joy triumphant.

Sreeja said...

yes joy! Happy New Year!

Amit Agarwal said...

Absolutely wonderful! I loved it, Susan!

vanderloost said...

Glorious thought

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of deploying spirit.

De Jackson said...

I love the idea of evergreen trees trembling with joy...the very concept of evergreen perhaps being eternal hope itself. Wonderful.

Unknown said...

Ohh.. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul..Joy joy...pure joy indeed. Very nicely penned, Susan.