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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: The Reason for the Season of Christmas (12/04/08)

TITLE: What the Manger Holds
By Verna Cole Mitchell
12/09/08


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Since Junior wasn’t making noise,
I thought I’d better check,
And found my toddler in the den
With garlands ’round his neck.

He stood beside the little scene
Of Christ’s nativity
With big tears rolling down his cheeks,
As sad as he could be.

He’d tried to stuff some toys inside
The manger in the stable
And cried to see them all fall out
And crash upon the table.

I said, “Come sit on Mommy’s lap,
And I will tell you why
Your toys won’t fit the manger here,
And then you must not cry.

It was a long, long time ago;
God sent His only Son
To be born to a family.
He was the Promised One.

His parents traveled far away
And found no place to stay.
They slept inside a stable filled
With animals and hay.

And Baby Jesus Boy was born
With no crib for a bed.
They laid him in the manger there
To rest His little head.

The angels and the shepherds came
In darkness of the night.
Their hearts were full of happiness
To see this holy sight.

See, here’s our Baby Jesus Doll.
He has the sweetest face.
Put Him inside the manger now.
He’ll fit within that space.

And since that very special day
This baby boy was born,
It’s His birthday we celebrate
On every Christmas morn.”


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Lynda Schultz 12/11/08
Love the rhythm and the simplicity.
Karlene Jacobsen 12/12/08
I loved this. So simple and straight forward.
Joanne Sher 12/13/08
Lovely. I'd love to see this illustrated. Enjoyed this very much.
Gregory Kane12/13/08
A great lesson for Junior. Thanks.
Dee Yoder 12/16/08
Love this poem and can picture each scene clearly. Such a sweet and natural telling of the Christmas story!
Lyn Churchyard12/17/08
Lovely, easy to read. Loved the little boy and wanted to hug him. Sweet and tender, loved it.
Peter Stone12/17/08
So cute, I could just see the little one crying from frustration. Loved the line about Jesus being the one who fitted perfectly into that place.
Teresa Lee Rainey12/17/08
This creates such a precious scene. The rhythm almost felt like how the mother would rock the child to calm him. So simple and yet so precious in that simplicity. Loved it. :)
Sharon Kane12/17/08
Beautiful. How ever did you manage to write poetically and yet keep it simple enough that it could actually have been the mother's words to the child? Why don't you put it to music and make a Christmas lullaby!
Pamela Kliewer12/17/08
This is absolutely delightful. I love the cadence of this poem.
Sara Harricharan 12/19/08
Beautiful! I love the sweet and simple feel of this. I can see it being told to a young boy sitting on his mother's lap. Wonderful! ^_^
Linda Watson Owen01/02/09
Verna, I just love this poem. It's perfect simplicity reflects the simple perfection of the true reason for Christmas. Your perfect meter throughout is beautiful. It reminds me of a mother's gentle rocking of her child...steady, sure, and soothing. What a delight to read this precious piece! You are such a wonderful poet. I love reading your work, dear friend.