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The Web Poetry Corner - Joris John Heise - Christmas with Rosemary

Christmas with Rosemary


Joris John Heise

I turned a city corner one wintry day
And saw a kingdom’s summer garden.
Light glowed and pleasure flowed like wine,
And God smiled a shy little smile,
Like a three-year-old’s slow, shy smile
Across his mother’s shoulder from the pew
Ahead of us.

The garden? That oeaceful place we stay
Where computers cavort with Valerie,
(Rosemary’s Down Syndrome flower)
And I become so true I am calm-sea-d
And closeness is the orange we eat together--
Then together scrub the oven topped
With splattered oil from my selfish popcorn.

Oh, Christmas comes in courage to be born,
To choose again the smile of that child,
Erase our spitty little sins of spite—
Of ordinary un-prayer dull and dead—
To drink our deepest sap of growing up
And go with it toward valiant love, ripened fruit,
The needed wisdom, the laughs from hearts,
The hope that’s trust--and hard forgiveness.
New kingdoms come and we relax to find
He’s come again within each honed, trust-time
Of honest pause and honest choice we create—
When hearts smile that child’s shy god-smile.

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