Christmas with Ted

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Each tiny poem begins with a phrase taken from “Christmas Mail” by Ted Kooser.

~~ 1 ~~
the plaintive bleating
of a thousand frightened sheep
after shepherds flee
~~ 2 ~~
into the distance
always following the star—
resolute Magi
~~ 3 ~~
Wise men, the donkeys
with their sure feet and keen eyes
will guide your camels.
~~ 4 ~~
clopping of camels
how they perform their slow dance
for the manger child
~~ 5 ~~
Who chews and muses
after the right choice of hay?
Mary, do you know?
~~ 6 ~~
shuffle of sandals—
small talk before the manger,
the mother, and child
~~ 7 ~~
deep in the shadows
trembling at the presence
unwashed shepherds sweat
~~ 8 ~~
cup white as a star
no snag in the smooth surface—
she sips her latte
~~ 9 ~~
her Styrofoam cup—
as long as she clutches it,
no need to panic
~~ 10 ~~
perched on the dashboard
to help drivers in distress—
good St. Anthony
~~ 11 ~~
hint of hazelnut
in her vanilla latte—
hoping for a high
~~ 12 ~~
then a touch of myrrh
to burn the tip of her tongue
with mortality

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #232
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 192

Posted on December 21, 2014, in 5-7-5, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. A very cool group of Haiku leading from the Christmas story to modern times. My grandmother and great aunts taught me that St. Anthony was the patron saint of lost things. I think with as disorganized as I am, I could have driven a saint to murder!

  2. I must confess to a chuckle at the Styrofoam cup in the bible story…that is really bringing it up to date!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      You really should read the Ted Kooser poem (linked in my post) from which I lifted the Styrofoam cup. It’s short, delightful—and far better than anything I’ve written. Merry Christmas, Old Egg!

  3. You make the story palpable..the sandals rustled off the page..and cup white as a star – a brilliant line jolting us into the here and now..and a even sinner last verse…magical write Magical!

  4. Love your Christmas take! Indeed those Magi were resolute, weren’t they? We all could learn a lesson…. I smiled about the shepherds sweating. Yup, I bet they did… Not mentioned in the Christmas story. (smiles)

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Isn’t it odd how we add things to the Christmas story, accepting our additions as “gospel truth”? For example, in that carol celebrating the birth, there is this line: “no crying he makes.” Really? A non-crying baby? Where does it say that in the Christmas story? Merriness to you!

  5. WOW! …. From resolute magis to mortality burning the tip of a tongue – Brilliant !

  6. luv the passage from 11 to 12

    Merry Christmas

    much love…

  7. What a wonderful seasonal take on this week’s words. Ancient and modern all together.Happy Christmas MMT!

  8. What an enjoyable set, and I love that you used lines from one of my favorites, Ted Kooser. Well done. Each of them! I especially enjoyed of the image of camels clopping out a slow dance for the manger child.

  9. This was an interesting take using the word list. Creative verses leading us through time always following the star.

  10. The ending is perfect!

  11. read my wordle response here

    much love…

  12. I like it when you went from the antique to the Styrofoam cup

  13. These are especially beautiful, this Sunday, kiddo. The camels make me think of a cool movie I saw this past week called Tracks, true story of a woman who crossed the Australian out back, over 2000 miles with her dog and three camels.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Sounds like my kind of woman! Merry Christmas, Sherry!

      On Sun, Dec 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  14. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year to you and to all you greet.

  15. All good but 6 struck a chord with me with the shuffling of sandals and the small talk….makes it real !

  16. A touch of class to relive the divine appearance of the child in the manger. Very apt to welcome the festivities building up. What better way than the usual haiku set! Great lines MMT!


  17. A well written set for the upcoming Christian Holiday. I liked the last best.

  18. Interesting poem, and thanks for linking to that other poem – I already knew a bit about Ted Kooser but I discovered two new poems today 🙂

  19. 11 and 12 just magical ! ~ Happy Holidays! x

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