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Revel Joyfully

It was on a cold night in Bethlehem that hope was born
A babe lay in a manger as angels sang joyfully
Above the nativity a star shone casting bright light
Guiding the paths of three wise men to welcome our Savior
As shepherds flocked toward the illuminated holy site
The warmth from within still touches the hearts of all mankind

In remembrance we pray for harmony among mankind
As we celebrate the first Christmas, optimism born
In the Mideast soldiers bow down, recalling this wondrous site
For just one night thoughts of war fade, hearts are filled joyfully
They lay down weapons, focusing on the birth of our Savior
As they huddle together, sharing good will by camp light

In many parts of the world, homes illuminated by light
Peace touches the hearts of those who seek blessings for mankind
Church bells ring, signaling the arrival of our Savior
Souls are touched as the restoration of joy is now born
Worshippers proceed to mass, sharing greetings joyfully
If only each day could be filled with such a loving site

How welcome to see the sun rise each day on such a site
Hearts abounding with humanity from our inner light
With angels in each of us sharing good will joyfully
If I live to see such days, I’ll have new hope for mankind
Trust and faith would emanate, celebrating a Child born
A Child, a Leader Who would give His life as a Savior

Cast aside the trappings, focus only on our Savior
Keep in mind this first Christmas, a blessed and holy site
How wonderful it would be to see new harmony born
Differences seem petty as we revel in God’s light
Join me in expectations for the future of mankind
Like the seraphs let us sing out in hymns so joyfully

Make our future one that finds families praying joyfully
No greater inspiration than the birth of our Savior
From a Blessed Mother’s womb sprang a babe to save mankind
Let us be wise men, finding cause to worship at this site
War and hatred cannot exist within God’s holy light
Acceptance of each man’s worth can in joyful hearts be born

Raise your hearts, revel joyfully in our Savior’s glory
In cheer mankind recalls the site of a manger at night
Where neath a star’s light was born a King, the Son of our Lord  

* Sestina written for the "Joy to the World" contest.  

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire

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  1. Date: 12/13/2010 11:10:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Carolyn in Deborah Guzzi's contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/11/2010 4:24:00 PM
    You wrote beautifully of the truest joy given mankind. Congratulations on your win in this awesome contest. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/9/2010 2:57:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 12/9/2010 4:10:00 AM
    Congratulations on this well deserved win in the contest of Deb, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/8/2010 8:19:00 PM
    You have beautifully portrayed the spirit of Christmas. Many congratulations for this wonderful win.

  1. Date: 12/8/2010 6:21:00 PM
    such a tender and seamless feel on this one, carolyn... kudos for a big place in the contest! and thanks for your cheers on mine; much appreciated as always.. huggs, nette

  1. Date: 12/8/2010 3:39:00 PM
    Congrats LNC..Yours reads so effortlessly..I found this one the hardest form ever. Another win for the cockroach! BG

  1. Date: 12/8/2010 2:19:00 PM
    You accomplished your WIN with such ease and grace as you do all things Congrad's dear and Happy Holy Days! Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/25/2010 11:28:00 PM
    A lovely seasonal write... that takes us reminding us that Christmas is indeed for all mankind around the world... in all walks of life and remembering that even in war there can come peace... So much to muse on here - love it!

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 9:09:00 PM
    lessons for us all here, in both the subject and the form of the poem. enjoyed. Harry

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 4:59:00 PM
    excellent Carolyn! There is so much here in so many lights. I will have to read this again and again. True Love.

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 8:09:00 AM
    Dear Carolyn, what lovely sweet sentiments you express - "Revel joyfully." I tend to get down, and when I do I will re read your poem. I owe you an apology for not responding to your chosing "Tender Child" as a fav. thank you very much for this honor. Have a warm family filled Thanksgiving. Jim Gibbons

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 4:56:00 AM
    PS. The very best of luck in the contest. Eamon

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 4:41:00 AM
    Hi. I was going to try a Sestina and was pointed to this as an example. Wow! To achieve a the result that you have in such a difficult form is stupendous. You capture joy perfectly. I think that I'll sit and muse, praying for inspiration. Thanking you, Eamon

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 5:37:00 AM
    that was full of Beauty, Joy and Peace cheers suresh

  1. Date: 11/21/2010 8:30:00 AM
    Hey Carolyn, feel free to dance with them ;) can see you smiling while twirling round and round.. Love Wilma

  1. Date: 11/21/2010 5:31:00 AM
    Dear Carolyn, Let me first thank you for your kind comments on my poem "a little of this and some of that" Your poem was a most delightful read. Your poem is full of peace and hope for us all. Honestly, I am not a reader of long poems, but this one was jsy so warming. Good luck in the contest. Have a blessed Christmas. Jancarl

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 8:49:00 PM
    And this one goes right along with manger scenes at Christmas, Carolyn. What a wonderful entry for the sestina contest. Maybe I should try this (even though the one I did in Jared's one contest, I had called My first and Last Sestina. haha) I just know this will do well! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 5:50:00 PM
    Dear Carolyn.This is lovely.So full of hope and peace.Your words are truly inspirational. Not only is there a wonderful message of love here but it's also amazing the form that you have written it in. It's just so clever because at no time was the beauty of your message lost-your lines are so full of feeling-.I admire your talent this must have been difficult to do so well.I hope you do well in the contest.Even so I love it.Glad you liked my Dance....Thank you for letting me know.Love June

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 5:40:00 PM
    Enjoyed thoroughly. I have heard in a class that someone believed that religion would die out and people would go on with their lives. I believe just the opposite has happened and that is why I enjoy this poem and all the others that say it is very much still alive.