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The greatest miracle in days of yore  
unsurpassed, two millennia past or more 
a carpenter by trade, Joseph by name
was betrothed to Mary, a virtuous dame
Joseph, proud of his virgin, unbesmirched 
beamed when their banns were recited in church 

Mary had a visitor who descended in light 
when the angel spoke she cowered in fright
"Fear not, chosen one, there's a child in your belly,
You'll name Him Jesus,  unless you fancy Kelly."
"How can you be sure?  I've not been with a guy."
"Must I spell it out?  His father is God most high." 

When Mary told Joseph he was caught off-guard   
to accept Mary's tale was decidedly hard
his intended, purportedly as pure as they come
was with child from another;  a soon-to-be mum
An angel of God appeared in splendor:
"Joseph, to no mortal did Mary surrender."
now, Joseph was righteous, obedient to God 
ahead of the wedding date they then tied the knot
his family, deprived of a wedding reception 
snickered:  "What's with Joseph?  This is clearly deception."

The newlyweds were obviously broke
Joseph told Mary:  "My wife, don your cloak
We can't afford to pay taxes to them
we'll go to my birthplace;  it's called Bethlehem 
off they set with Mary on a donkey
for days on end over the hills of Galilee 

All the tax evaders had crowded Bethlehem
not an inn in the place could accommodate them
Joseph begged as well he was able
one innkeeper showed them a stable
in amongst animals, vermin and filth 
Mary, the Virgin, to our Savior gave birth
she wrapped Him in cloth to protect Him from danger
laid Him gently to rest in a hay-lined manger

Humankind then and now reaps the advantages
that Jesus has come to mend falling bridges 

Copyright © | Year Posted 2011

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Date: 1/28/2014 3:14:00 PM
Hello Delysia, enjoying this one a second time..........SKAT
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Date: 1/15/2014 9:44:00 PM
DELYSIA, Congrats, with your EPIC CHRISTMAS is winning poem... TAKE CARE :) ~SKAT~
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Date: 1/7/2014 8:27:00 PM
Delysia....I enjoyed this so much....I think God Himself got a chuckle out of this....nicely written simple...and to the my favs...Congratulations on a win here I see...
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Date: 1/5/2014 8:28:00 PM
wow, this is an amazing write, Congratulations on the win.
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Date: 1/5/2014 2:54:00 AM
Really a well crafted write, Delysia! Big congrats on your win and compliments of the season to you and yours.
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Date: 1/4/2014 10:58:00 PM
Enjoyed the write on Christmas and congrats on the win, delysia
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Date: 1/4/2014 9:19:00 PM
Delysia, .. Thank you for the lovely poem. Congratulations, and thank you for supporting my contest... Always & forever <3<3<3 LINDA
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Date: 1/3/2014 8:13:00 PM
Great work. You worked in humor without demeaning the story. Congratulations on a big win. Love, Joyce
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Date: 1/3/2014 6:48:00 PM
Fantastic, enjoyed from start to finish. Congratulations.
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Date: 1/3/2014 3:08:00 PM
enlightening work, licia... sweet congrats!
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Date: 1/3/2014 12:31:00 PM
superb Delysia big congrats on win Shadow x smile hug
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Date: 1/3/2014 12:07:00 PM
Hey there big number one winner! Congrad's Light & Love
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Date: 1/3/2014 3:51:00 AM
Enjoyed your epic poem and congrats on the win, delysia
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Date: 1/3/2014 3:15:00 AM
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Date: 1/3/2014 1:50:00 AM
My heartfelt congratulations my dear friend, Delysia! Biggest hugs! Thank you so much for your support. Happy, Happy New Year and Advance Happy Three Kings! love lots, Leonora
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Date: 7/18/2013 2:27:00 PM
Hi Licia, Don't know if you saw Andrea's recent blog but I thought of this story, not this poem coz I hadn't read this, but the story of Joseph accepting the baby. You are a good writer, no new ones though hmmmm, I particularly laughed at the belly Kelly rhymne lol, Kelly, as if lol. Take care, Richard
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Date: 4/13/2013 8:52:00 AM
Wow! Also, thank you for your comment on my poem... I'm not the best!
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Date: 3/22/2013 11:38:00 PM
This was such an inventive piece of writing. I thought it quite an original take on the story of Christ, mixed with a bit of humor through out. I liked how the rhymes all felt natural and unforced... good narrative!
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Date: 3/17/2013 10:07:00 AM
A very interesting observation of the birth of our Savior. Well done my friend.
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Date: 9/2/2012 3:03:00 PM
nicely written Delysia....glory to the King of Kings....
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Date: 7/14/2011 8:24:00 PM
Yes, I remember this one too. congrats to you. YOu did very well against the clock!!
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Date: 7/13/2011 2:26:00 PM
Many congrats on all your recent wins, Delysia : )
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Date: 7/12/2011 11:08:00 AM
I sure enjoyed reading this, Delysia, especially with how you also put in some modern feel to it :) Super congrats on your win :D
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Date: 7/12/2011 11:06:00 AM
Awesome descrption of the untraditional relationship between Joseph and Mary. Love the perspective you chose and the form is beautiful, Delysia. Congratulations on your win in PD's contest! Love, Carolyn
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Date: 7/12/2011 5:03:00 AM
Congratulations Delysia on your win in the "Assignment" contest of P.D. Love, Carol
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