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Monday, 12 December 2011

Advent day 12 - Robin Bayne

Today we have a guest blog by author Robin Bayne who brings us two poems.

Keep These Things
By Robin Bayne

The gifts were many, each a treasure
Some of wealth, more of the heart.

The greetings robust, yet hushed
And filled with awe.

The star shimmered still, even
As morning neared.

Her body drained, Mary sighed, breathing in scents
Of pungent hay, and sheep, and donkey.
Her pulse quickened again at the wonder—
Her new son, her Jesus, who would be Lord.

She knew the Scriptures and held them dear.

Her stomach clenched, overwhelmed at being chosen.
Her, a common girl, not worthy, not ready.

The baby fussed, and Mary hugged Him to her chest. A breeze
Tickled the hairs on her arm, and she smiled.
She thought of the Angel’s words, the shepherd’s words.
The voices lifted in praise.

Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.
She held them dear.

The Christmas Candle
By Robin Bayne

A single flame flickers, alone in the silence
Wax drips like lace down all sides
No one watches, but like the greatest star
Which ever rose, it is a
Flicker of light, flicker of hope.

Those in darkness have seen great light,
The flame leaps with joy, and sways silently,
no sound in the night, and like the greatest star
which ever rose, it is a
Flicker of light, flicker of hope.

The children clutch white candles,
Casting pinpricks of light like stardust
In the land, sprinkled on all men from the greatest star
Which ever rose.
Flickers of light, flickers of hope.

Across the globe the candles shine
Their flames bow and praise the Great News.
They light the sky, they light the sanctuaries as they wait
And watch for the greatest start which ever rose.
Flickering with light, flickering with hope.

Joe Gardner never expected to see Elizabeth again, not after the part she'd played in ruining his life. Refusing to believe she now shares his faith, Joe tosses aside her efforts to apologize. When an emergency forces them to work together in the midst of the Christmas season, Joe has to face the truth about Elizabeth, and himself.

Robin Bayne is the award-winning author of five novels and three novellas, along with a variety of short stories. She has contributed to collections including God’s Way for Teens, God’s Way for Fathers and Cup of Comfort Devotionals; and published articles in Writer’s Journal and Christian Communicator. She has given workshops at regional and online romance writing conferences and the Writer’s Digest World’s Largest Writing Workshop. She lives in Maryland with her husband of nineteen years, and works a "day job" as a mortgage underwriter. Robin recently compiled a book of devotionals for writers titled “Words to Write By.” Visit her here


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Laura Briggs said...

Such beautiful reminders of the season---thanks so much for sharing these, Robin!

Marianne Evans said...

Great post, ladies - and Robin, you possess such a wonderful, creative gift!! Merry Christmas!!!

Donna B said...

Beautiful post, ladies!

Dora Hiers said...

What beautiful poems, Robin! Thanks for sharing.

Merry Christmas, ladies!

Robin Bayne said...

Thanks for hosting me and for all the kind comments! Merry Christmas!

LoRee Peery said...

Poets say what I often see and feel but am unable to express. Wonderful all the way 'round.

Delia Latham said...

Beautiful, Robin! I really enjoyed your poems.