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My Christmas gift to all my fellow poets...

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Skyfyre
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0 posted 12-21-1999 02:36 AM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Skyfyre

...and to he who made Christmas worth celebrating in the first place.  Blessings to you -- enjoy!  
(PS: I usually don't draw attention to this when I do it, but this is also an acrostic -- the message is rather important, I think, so I'll make an exception this time!   --Kess)
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SHEPHERD'S WATCH

Unwinking fields of stars look down from silent winter skies
Night’s velvet blanket wraps the earth in soft and peaceful sleep
The only eyes that see this midnight vision are the eyes
Of wakeful shepherds, tending flocks of cattle and of sheep.

Yon gentle hills beneath their feet, the shepherds nightly stand
On watch for thieves both man and beast who might his charges slay;
Uncomplicated men were they, these people of the land,
In heart and mind, they loved their God, and unto Him would pray.

So bright the stars, this fateful night – yet none so brightly shone
Beside the warm and holy glow of Heaven’s proudest gem:
One newborn star, the men beheld, in Eastern skies alone
Resplendent in its grace above the town of Bethlehem

No man had e’er beheld such sights; they watched with reverent eyes
To see what wonders this most holy omen might portend;
Heraldic voices drifted to their ears from brilliant skies,
In awe they watched as Angel hosts from Heaven did descend.

Suffused with song, the Heavens danced; the blackness of the night
Did part before the splendored noise of this unearthly choir
And all the land lay slumbering, despite this wondrous sight
Yet to the shepherds’ humble eyes, they set the sky afire.

Angelic voices split the air, and to the shepherds’ ears
Sang songs of peace and joyousness, a future bright and new --
And one of this ethereal host to shepherd’s watch came near
Vermillion shone his perfect lips; his eyes of purest blue.

“Indeed, my friends,” the angel said, “you have much cause for joy!
Of holy things unlike the world has ever seen, we sing;
Rejoice! In gladness put aside this cold and tired employ:
Come now with us to Bethlehem, to greet the newborn King!”

Hence, lowly shepherds left their posts to heed the song’s entreat
Resting but little, weary, worn, but strong in faith, they came;
In Bethlehem, they found their King, and worshipped at His feet
Sang songs of thanks in simple voice to praise His precious name.

These humble men were but the first to honor Jesus’ birth;
To them, their God was everything, and Jesus was His Son;
He came to cleanse the stain of sin from faithful men of Earth
Eternal liege, to shed His blood for sinners every one.

Let all who read my humble verse reflect on this account
Of love that’s unconditional, unwavering, and free --
Remember this on Christmas day, and take a moment out
Direct your gazes to the sky, and bend a grateful knee.




 You cannot choose the way of your death, but the path you choose will determine its own end.

© Copyright 1999 Linda Anderson - All Rights Reserved
A Romantic Heart
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1 posted 12-21-1999 03:00 AM       View Profile for A Romantic Heart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for A Romantic Heart

Thanks sky... Jesus is the best gift! Merry Chritmas!!!!

Great poem and witness!


 "Unto every life, A little love must fall!"

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2 posted 12-21-1999 07:36 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

What a wonderful gift! This is truly a poem to save (and send as an e-card!). You did a fantastic job with the acrostic and the message is timeless. Thank you.  
suthern
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3 posted 12-21-1999 07:39 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

PDV stole my response! LOL. But that's okay... I don't mind echoing her thoughts (I only wish she'd loan me some of her poetic talents! *G*)

This is beautiful... and so very well done! Thank you!!
Toerag
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4 posted 12-21-1999 07:40 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Very nicely done Sky....
Sven
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5 posted 12-21-1999 08:11 AM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

Beautiful my friend!!

Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us. . .

Have a wonderful holiday!!

 That which gives light must endure burning
--Victor Frankl


Denise
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6 posted 12-21-1999 10:57 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Thank you for such a wonderful, beautiful gift! And let's praise Him for His gift to us! Great message, Skyfyre! And the poem...perfection!

 Denise


PhaerieChild
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7 posted 12-21-1999 11:00 AM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

Skye, This was very meaningful and beautifully written. The emotion and the talent are superb. Merry Christmas to you and yours.  (((((hugs)))))))))

 Poetry~ Words falling on paper, painting a dream.

Shawna R. Holder
Boise, Idaho

hoot_owl_rn
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8 posted 12-21-1999 11:33 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

What a nice Christmas present...thank you  
Skyfyre
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9 posted 12-21-1999 01:14 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Thank you, my friends and friends-to-be, for your kind words and well wishes.  May your holidays be as bright as the shepherds' first Christmas.  

--Kess
Iloveit
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10 posted 12-21-1999 02:50 PM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

really nice job, and really great present, thank *you*  
Elizabeth Santos
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11 posted 12-21-1999 07:58 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

I am in awe!
Beautifully written, perfect rhymn and then acrostics as well! Wow!
Liz
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12 posted 12-21-1999 09:00 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Extremely well done, Kess. A work to be admired. Thank you and merry Christmas to you.
Pepper
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13 posted 12-21-1999 09:16 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

So very beautiful Skyfyre.....
I wish you a Joyous Holiday!!

 A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!
Shannon


caroline
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14 posted 12-21-1999 10:18 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Incredibly beautiful, Skyfyre...it is a masterpiece, for sure. What a lovely gift you share    Thank you....and Merry Christmas to you!

 It's not the love you fear, but the fall from the height~Edwin McCain


Dolphins3
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15 posted 12-21-1999 10:24 PM       View Profile for Dolphins3   Email Dolphins3   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dolphins3

Thank you Sky. Merry Christmas  
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