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A CHRISTMAS POEM BY THOM SHUMAN
December 25, 2009
 
The eMo this Christmas morning is an untitled poem by Thom Shuman.

While they were there, the time came for the baby
to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.
She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:6-7




you could have
come
as warrior, ready
to take us on
one at a time
or en masse . . .

you could have
come
a whirlwind
swirling, twirling,
twisting around us,
flinging us up into
the air . . .

you could have
come
with a bag of
chocolates
in one hand
and
a time-out chair
in the other;

you came
a tiny
vulnerable
baby
lungs screaming for
life,
fingers grasping for
something to hold onto,
your whole being
completely depending on
us (!) to
feed you
change you
clothe you
protect you
love you

and we were
gob-smacked.









(c) 2009 Thom M. Shuman


Thom M. Shuman is a Presbyterian pastor in Glendale, Ohio, and authors"Occasional Sightings," available at www.occasionalsightings.blogspot.com.


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