Our Family's Nativity Set
Photo by Amy LV
Students - This poem is true. That's all there is to it. I just wrote the truth. Our family is Christian, and last week, when I set up our Nativity set on the second Sunday in Advent, I was struck by all of the stories it holds. I remembered back to the childhood Nativity Set I loved playing with as a little girl, arranging the straw and the angel and shepherd over and over again. I remembered when our friends Glenn and Paula gave Mark and I this Nativity set for our wedding twenty years ago. I remembered where each piece of our Nativity has come from. And I was grateful.
When it was time to write, the poem just showed up. It may be the most personal poem I've shared here. I wrote the words that asked to be written.
Today's poem is in free verse. It does not have a special rhyme or meter that holds it together; it just sounds like talking. But I did read it over and over again, out loud to myself, to listen to the music of the prose.
I wish you a week full of joyous surprises and small stories in dusty boxes. The daily pictures that you see and fall in love with each day may be the very pictures that tell you exactly what to write in your own notebook.
Paul is graciously hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at These 4 Corners. Visit his online home to find all kinds of poetry goodness, all around the Kidlitosphere, all week long.
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