Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Christmas Card

A Christmas Card
Montclair
New Jersey
2009

When the white stars talk together like sisters And when the winter hills raise their grand semblance in the freezing night, somewhere one window bleeds like the brown eye of an open force.

Hills, stars,
White stars that stand above the eastern stable.

Look down and offer Him.
The dim adoring light of your belief.
Whose small heart bleeds with infinite fire.

Shall not this Child (When we shall hear the bells of His amazing voice) conquer the winter of our hateful century?

And when His Lady Mother leans upon the crib, Lo, with what rapiers those two loves fence and flame their brilliancy!

Here in this straw lie planned the fires that will melt all our sufferings:
He is our Lamb, our holocaust!

And one by one the shepherds, with their snowy feet,
Stamp and shake out their hats upon the stable dirt,
And one by one kneel down to look upon their Life.

Poem "A Christmas Card" by Thomas Merton 1947

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