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Christmas Haiku #20

Posted: 20 December 2014

Now from far away,
Strangers, disguised as family,
Exchange guilty gifts.

Bill Adair

Poem for the Day

Posted: 20 December 2014

Three practical farmers from back of the dale -
Under the high sky -
On a Saturday night said 'So long' to their sheep ...
That were bottom of dyke and fast asleep -
When the stars came out in the Christmas sky.

They called at the pub for a gill of ale -
Under the high sky -
And they found in the stable, stacked with the corn,
The latest arrival, newly-born -
When the stars came out in the Christmas sky.

They forgot their drink, they rubbed their eyes -
Under the high sky -
They were tough as leather and ripe as a cheese
But they dropped like a ten-year-old down on their knees
When the stars came out in the Christmas sky.

They ran out in the yard to swap their news -
Under the high sky -
They pulled off their caps and roused a cheer
To greet a spring lamb before New Year -
When the stars came out in the Christmas sky.

The Shepherd's Carol
Norman Nicholson

Christmas Haiku #19

Posted: 19 December 2014

While from out the east,
Camels, bearing gifts and men,
Sway across the sand.

Bill Adair

Poem for the Day

Posted: 19 December 2014

No room in the inn, of course,
And not that much in the stable
What with the shepherds, Magi, Mary,...
Joseph, the heavenly host -
Not to mention the baby
Using our manger as a cot.
You couldn’t have squeezed another cherub in
For love or money.

Still, in spite of the overcrowding,
I did my best to make them feel wanted.
I could see the baby and I
Would be going places together.

What the Donkey Saw
U. A. Fanthrope

Christmas Haiku #18

Posted: 18 December 2014

Frightened shepherds ran,
Unsure of what they had seen.
Was it just the wine?

But some were certain.
And, with lambs in their arms, ran
Towards Bethlehem.

Bill Adair

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