Noreen Carden

Freshman - 1,112 Points (16/12/50 / Mayo)

The Night Of The Star

On the night of the star,
gifts lain at his feet.
He comes into being.
Annunciation complete.

In the temple with priests,
he holds them enthralled.
The wisdom of god,
in the words of a child.

He grows to a rebel.
A fisher of men.
A critic of priests.
Their tables he turned.

He saved the adulterer,
from death by the stone.
Magdelene he counted.
among his loved ones.

He became mankind's saviour.
He endured death on a cross.
His agony he offered,
So that souls won't be lost

So let us remember,
at this Christmas time.
To thank and to praise,
our saviour divine

Submitted: Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Edited: Sunday, January 26, 2014


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  • Bronze Star - 7,115 Points Daniel Brick (5/8/2014 12:23:00 PM)

    Hi Noreen I just had to acknowledge this poem again I just love the way your quatrains effortlessly flow with the beautiful legend of god, and incidents which have become overly familiar take on a scintillating quality that is heartwarming. I think partly I react this way because the quatrains pace the re-telling of Jesus's life with a leisurely flow that is totally consistent with his divine mission, which despite difficulties and suffering, was bound, NO, destined to succeed because he IS destiny. Also, this poem has a sophisticated appeal to a mature reader, but it has a simple charm as well readily accessible to a very young reader. It's a treasure! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 7,115 Points Daniel Brick (4/6/2014 9:10:00 PM)

    This is a wonderful Ballad of Jesus, you incorporate so many of the key events of his ministry it's virtually a biography. Well, I would have included the Transfiguration because it's so operatic! But you are emphasizing the Jesus who helped the lonely and helpless, the one who served without fanfare. This is truly a touching and convincing portrait of the Redeemer doing the quiet work of saving souls. You wrote as a Christmas poem, I'm appreciating it as an Easter poem! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,094 Points * Sunprincess * (3/26/2014 1:03:00 PM)

    ~So let us remember,
    at this Christmas time.
    To thank and to praise,
    our saviour divine ~

    .......a beautiful ending to this write...enjoyed. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 272 Points Marie Shine (2/18/2014 12:57:00 PM)

    I love the title of this poem, Noreen, it drew me in to read it. I love how you have narrated the story of Jesus, from birth to death to our remembrance of him. Jesus was not a Christian, Muhammad was not a Muslim, and Buddha was not a Buddist, but they were all Masters of Love and taught us that we own nothing, that everything that surrounds is temporary, that only the love which is in our hearts will last forever. I really love this beautiful tribute to Jesus, Noreen and you narrate the story exquisitely. I am not a religious person, I am spiritual, but Jesus has been my dearest friend all of my life since I was a little girl of two reciting prayers my Mother so lovingly taught me and so shall he always be... THANK YOU for sharing this beautifully crafted write, so inspiring to read, it filled my heart with great joy, because from your excellently chosen words, I can see that you too, love Jesus, immensely! Thank you for sharing, Noreen. Blessings in abundance always... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Fiona Schwartzinoff (2/1/2014 10:18:00 PM)

    What does Christmas have to do with Jesus...? Christmas is pagan. And Jesus (or rather Yeshua) was Jewish. Why do people remember him on this pagan day having nothing to do with him...?
    Poor pagans, poor Christians, poor Jews...
    We're all a bit confused. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,618 Points Bri Edwards (1/23/2014 3:02:00 PM)

    ok Noreen, if i were still a good christian, i would be proud to have written this. as it is, i find it to be well-written and engaging. a nice summary of a life, if my memory is at all accurate about what i learned as a child/young adult.

    it would be unlike me, however, if i didn't put in my two cents.
    in the following lines, could you refresh my memory/clarify for me what bible story this represents. i recall some story of jesus overturning money-changers tables; right? but you say priests. do you mean turn the table(s) as an idiom?

    A critic of priests.
    Their tables he turned.

    as copied from online:

    turn the tables (on someone)
    Fig. to cause a reversal in someone's plans; to make one's plans turn back on one. I went to Jane's house to help get ready for a surprise party for Bob. It turned out that the surprise party was for me! Jane really turned the tables on me! Turning the tables like that requires a lot of planning and a lot of secrecy.


    So that souls wont be lost ....missing an apostrophe in won't?

    thanks for sharing and for a few rhymes to spice it up. :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 169 Points Gary H (12/13/2013 11:48:00 PM)

    So so good. I will keep writing in hopes I can be this good. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 478 Points Mike Barrett (12/10/2013 3:06:00 PM)

    The Christmas tale well aptly told, kind of like a neat Christmas card at this time of the year. Thanks for sharing! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,553 Points Dinesh Nair (12/9/2013 10:42:00 PM)

    An optimistic poem indeed...
    And it would be better if he were all around us in these harder days... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 14,883 Points Valsa George (12/6/2013 9:36:00 AM)

    Amen ! A brief summing up of our Lord's life from manger to the cross! Simple and sweet write, befitting to the season!
    Enjoyed much, Noreen! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,443 Points Hazel Durham (12/5/2013 7:53:00 AM)

    Beautiful tribute to Jesus as his star still shines so bright to awaken and move us to love each other and not to pass judgement. A light that glistens in sometimes a darkened world to show us that he will save and comfort us! (Report) Reply

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