Friday, December 24, 2010

A Christmas Carol by G. K. Chesterton & Entrance by Rainer Maria Rilke

Christmas Eve Sunrise in Louisiana


A Christmas Carol
by G. K. Chesterton

The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap,
His hair was like a light.
(O weary, weary were the world,
But here is all alright.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary's breast
His hair was like a star.
(O stern and cunning are the kings,
But here the true hearts are.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary's heart,
His hair was like a fire.
(O weary, weary is the world,
But here the world's desire.)

The Christ-child stood on Mary's knee,
His hair was like a crown,
And all the flowers looked up at Him,
And all the stars looked down.


By Rainer Maria Rilke

Whoever you are: step out of doors tonight,
out of the room that lets you feel secure.
Infinity is open to your sight.
Whoever you are.
With eyes that have forgotten how to see
from viewing things already too well-known,
lift up into the dark a huge, black tree
and  put it in the heavens:  tall, alone.
And you have made the world and all you see.
It ripens like the words still in your mouth.
And when at last you comprehend its truth,
then close your eyes and gently set it free.

Translated by Dana Gioia

Can you see the Cardinal hiding among my ornaments?

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas.  I love and appreciate you!



"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time." ~Laura Ingalls Wilder



Wine and Words said...

With eyes that have forgotten how to see from viewing things already too well-known...

Oh, this is so true my Marion.

I love the natural ornament tree!!! Such a beautiful understatement.

Love you!

Kay said...

to state the obvious: "beautiful selections!"

Merry Christmas!

Kelly said...

Perfect poems for the day. I especially like the Chesterton.

I'm so glad you said to look for the cardinal in your tree. I might have missed him otherwise. I love it!!

Merry Christmas, Marion!!

Serena said...

Oooo, what a beautiful sunrise! And I do see your little cardinal. Wishing you a blessed and Merry Christmas, dahling, and a humdinger of a New Year.

quid said...

A beautiful little cardinal! And I especially loved the Rilke poem.

Happy, happy holidays, Miss Marion!


Terresa said...

Why hello, cardinal, among the branches & red & green, there you are, seen.

PS: Rilke is my lover, in another life...

IonnKorr said...


Nice blog!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2011.

Greedings from Greece.

Shaista said...

'Rilke is my lover, in another life' :) Don't you just love Terresa?!!
Beautiful poems Marion, as always... are you a trained librarian? You seem to have access to myriads and mazes of books in the corridors of your mind.
Peace at Christmas time for you x

Marion said...

Thank you for all of your kind comments.

Shaista, yes, I dearly love Terresa, too. She and I are soul sisters. I'm not a trained librarian, but a lifelong, self-educated, avid reader. I own almost 400 books of poetry, so I have lots of material on hand to pick from. I've loved poetry since I was a young teen. The town where I live has a twice weekly library book sale and I've managed to collect hundreds of bargain books in the 20 years I've lived in this town. Books are my passion. I'm so happy you enjoy visiting my blog. Love and Blessings to you all and Merry Christmas!! xoxoxo

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

We all have blessings, each and every of mine is blogging and visiting with you...May your Christmas be Merry and your New Year bright!

ds said...

Yes, I see your cardinal, and glad I am to find him! Thank you for both poems, but especially the Rilke. He is such an open, ardent soul...
Merry Christmas, Marion!

Snowbrush said...

We don't have cardinals here in Oregon, and I very much miss them.

I replied at some length to your comments about acetaminophen-laced narcotics. I hope you read it.