Poetry

Nativity Within

Ambrose Andreano
Icon of the Nativity

A man on a mountain, prophecy is born,
A ram in a thicket caught horn by horn.
A mother at a cross all dressed to mourn,
A Lamb with a crown wrapped thorn by thorn.

A God clothed in flesh; Light became man.
A Rock of offense upon which we all stand.
A plan before the foundation began,
A plan to exchange our foundation of sand.

A choir of angels announce the coming King,
A flock of shepherds hear the sign as they sing.
A group of wise men with gifts they bring,
A child is to be born, a Godly offspring.

A woman with child, contemplating the sign.
A virgin which truly bore the true Vine.
A devil comes and seeks to malign.
A Serpent is crushed by the weight of bloodline.

A cave in the silence, a cave in the night.
A baby is born; God and man unite.
A cave in our hearts to be made bright.
A darkness where God said, “Let there be Light.”

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