Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! ! On The Morning Of Christ's Nativity - Poem by Michael Shepherd

This starry dawn - the wise men yet afar -
the shepherds are abed, their night's task done.
Is Mary tired? Or, as one untouched?
All birth's a miracle; not less this one.

The cattle have bestirred at hint of morn,
the thought of feeding making moist their muzzle;
straw is rustling, as they, manger-drawn,
find unfamiliar form- so warm - to nuzzle.

What were the first words Joseph softly said
to Mary, as dawn broke, this day of days?
And who, sent from the inn to cattle-shed
to feed and lay fresh straw, fell still in praise?

How long, this morn, before the murmured sound
of voices in the street, as Word gets round?

Comments about ! ! On The Morning Of Christ's Nativity by Michael Shepherd

  • (12/25/2006 8:10:00 AM)

    I was sure you'd have an interesting angle on this and wasn't disappointed! Can you imagine the response if such an event was to happen today - from the Sun's take on it to that of the Guardian to Pte eye, and Have I got News for you? Sharp as a tack as usual Mr Shepherd. Thanks for making mine merry. Have a merry one yourself and a very fine 2007 to you and yours. jim (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 1 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 24, 2006

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. Television
    Roald Dahl
  10. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
[Report Error]