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Thursday, December 23, 2010

25. XII. 1993

(Eskimo Nativity, with Joseph in the back
tending to his team of huskies and the Northern
Lights flashing in the sky, by William Kurelek,
1927-1977, Canadian artist and writer, from his
nativities set in Canada.)

What if Jesus were born now?

25. XII. 1993

For a miracle, take one shepherd’s sheepskin, throw
in a pinch of now, a grain of long ago,
and a handful of tomorrow. Add by eye
a little chunk of space, a piece of sky,

and it will happen. For miracles, gravitating
to earth, know just where people will be waiting,
and eagerly will find the right address
and tenant, even in a wilderness.

Or if you’re leaving home, switch on a new
four-pointed star, then, as you say adieu,
to light a vacant world with steady blaze
and follow you forever with its gaze.

~ Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996), Russian-born poet, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987, from his collection Nativity Poems


Barbara Sullivan Mangogna said...

Beautiful. I love Brodsky.

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