Valsa George


En Route 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 annual 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: Friday, December 14, 2012
Edited: Saturday, December 15, 2012

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Today is 15th of Dec.10 more days left for Christmas! Today Mary and Joseph must have set out on their arduous journey to Bethlehem. A poem describing the hazards that humble couple had to undergo!

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  • R.k Das (12/28/2012 2:42:00 AM)

    echoes of JOURNEY OF MAGI, , here it is the journey of VG... thanx :) (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (12/19/2012 10:44:00 AM)

    An impeccable poem on the birth of Infant Jesus! A relevant poem for the ensuing CHRISTMAS.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS, to you and your familymembers. (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (12/16/2012 8:06:00 PM)

    Ah! What a poem! Thanks a lot as you wrote a poem on birth of a great person, Jesus, the savior of mankind.I respect him very much. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (12/16/2012 9:37:00 AM)

    To my mind the virgin birth is a symbolical story - goodness arising out of purity. A story well told. (Report) Reply

  • Www. Poemhunter.com/m-d-dinesh-nair-2 (12/16/2012 3:51:00 AM)

    A seasonal poem that reminds us of the great infant`s birth. But for his subsequent suffering Jesus`s would have been a different story. Right narration of the sequences, names of the characters recalled and smart rendering are great about this poem. En route to Bethlehem! What next? (Report) Reply

  • Kee Thampi (12/15/2012 4:31:00 AM)

    this poetess showed own calibre of love to Him
    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. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (12/15/2012 12:41:00 AM)

    beautiful and sure you are right they must have set out on the trip
    days in advance..sure they were very tired and hungry..but i never
    get tired of reading this story..pretty sure i will be revisiting this poem. :) (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (12/14/2012 11:30:00 PM)

    you are all in the Christmas mood! Our Indian Kundhi Devi also should have suffered like this when she was impregnated by the Sun, but she was still spinster when she gave birth. What kind of atrocities she should have gone through in our culture based merciless society!
    After reading your poem, the above thought simply surfaced, that is why I wrote. As usual this poem is good! (Report) Reply

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