Gather near in sacred anthem.
Light the night ‘neath His star.
Linger. Silent. Near His manger.
Calm men’s heart aches.
To all the Christmas angels, messengers of song, light, hope–thank you!
…Who are those angel-messengers?..Our Poetry Friday community of poets, for sure–all year round! God bless you for your ministry of life-bolstering, as well as life-altering, vivifying words.
Back story, not necessary to read on Christmas Day:
Throughout Advent, I couldn’t resist “squeezing” a myriad of traditional Christmas images and symbols into individually Squeezed Poems.
Unfortunately, the only one that actually worked–of sorts–was the “Christmas Angels,” which I am actually quite pleased with–even if I’ve “poetically licensed,” in part, the “Squeezed Poem” format:)
First, here’s how I was twice true to the format. Every word in the “Christmas Angels” poem consists solely of letters found in the title/target-words. And, as far as I know or consciously intended, no word in the poem consists of more instances of each letter than are found in the target-words. …”Squeezed poem”…Yes! ..So far, so good.
Here’s where conformity ends and poetic license begins….Rather than having the words “fall” vertically on to discrete lines so that no letter is used more times on one line than matches the number of times the letter appears in the target word being squeezed, I distributed the squeezed words horizontally, creating more conventional verses.
If what I have done precludes positioning the “finished” product as a “Squeezed Poem,” albeit “Modified,” then I am happy to think of some new format name, and welcome your suggestions.
(I definitely do not want to indulge in false advertising–even in poetic form name calling, especially not in connection with Christmas:))
GOD BLESS YOU!
(Whether you celebrate or not, Love became Flesh for YOU today!)