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Let the stable still astonish

There was a bright star.
There was a bright star.
Photo by Jennifer Weber 2008

Let the stable still astonish:
Straw-dirt floor, dull eyes,
Dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen;
Crumbling, crooked walls;
No bed to carry that pain.
And then, the child,
Rag-wrapped, laid to cry
In a trough.
Who would have chosen this?
Who would have said: "Yes.
Let the God of all the heavens and earth
Be born here, in this place."?
Who but the same God
Who stands in the darker, fouler rooms
of our hearts and says, "Yes.
Let the God of Heaven and Earth
be born here --
in this place."

~ Leslie Leyland Fields