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Once upon a starry night

Updated on December 23, 2011

Once Upon A Starry Night

By A. Gagliardi

Once Upon a starry night amid fresh hay’s soft shining light,

on a rough-hewn manger bed, a newborn boy-child laid his head.

Once when shepherd’s flocks were keeping on that starry winter’s eve,

as the stars shown ‘round about them; Angel’s chorus shouted glee.

They then followed star-shine brightly to the Christ child, for to see

a young mother sing a new tune that lulled her baby boy to sleep.

Once upon a sojourned adventure of the wise men. Count them. Three.

Found a small child in that manger and fell down on bended knee.

Once that manger small & lowly; held a newborn baby’s head,

witnessed grateful hearts give honor to the Lamb whose heart was bled,

mutely saw that ancient message transform the human heart it led,

and gave silent confirmation to the message that it said.


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      agaglia 6 years ago

      Cristina, Thank you! thanks for reading, too.

      How is Spain these days?

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      Cristina 6 years ago

      Beautiful! Merry Christmas from Spain Annette! :o)

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      agaglia 6 years ago

      Merry Christmas everyone.

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      agaglia 7 years ago

      Hi Kendall, Betty Ann & dohn121. thank you for reading my poetry and for commenting!

      Please read it to your nieces and nephews - sons & daughters - anyone. That's what it is for - to read to others.


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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I would've loved to have read this to my nieces and nephews on Christmas Eve. You really nailed this one. Wonderful work.

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      Betty Ann 8 years ago

      Yes, I second that -- Lovely! It reminds me of the song "Mary, Did you know?" that is so beautiful and telling about Christ's birth. We so often forget what this Christmas stuff really means, don't we.

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      Kendall H. 8 years ago from Northern CA

      This is lovely! Thank you!