December 24, 2009

A Poem for Tonight

The Maid-Servant at the Inn by Dorothy Parker
"It's queer," she said; "I see the light
  As plain as I beheld it then,
All silver-like and calm and bright--
  We've not had stars like that again!

"And she was such a gentle thing
  To birth a baby in the cold.
The barn was dark and frightening--
  This new one's better than the old.

"I mind my eyes were full of tears,
  For I was young, and quick distressed
But she was less than me in years
  That held a son against her breast.

"I never saw a sweeter child--
  The little one, the darling one!--
I mind I told her, when he smiled
  You'd know he was his mother's son.

"It's queer that I should see them so--
  The time they came to Bethlehem
Was more than thirty years ago;
  I've prayed that all is well with them."


  1. Merry Christmas, you two!!!! Thank you for all your kind thoughts this past month! I hope you are all snuggled down and enjoying the cold and the snow and the love!!!
    xoxo Cait

  2. Hey, Cait! Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you and Gary and your boys! So good to hear from you on this joyous holiday!!! Not much snow around here and not even too cold, but lots of love -- so yes, we're snuggled down. Hope you and yours are too! xoxoxo