Poem For The Week

Noel (Christmas)

Noel image representing poem by John Barr

By John Barr / From the Archive, Holidays and Special Days

And there were shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
Luke 2:8

To them Orion was not a huntsman
but a shepherd of the lambent.

Safe from Leo, Lupus, Taurus
his charges followed him to dawn,

counted and content
to know they would persist

when daylight
rendered them no longer visible.

Not souls–not yet–they were signifiers
ready to be metaphors.

Noel (Christmas)

Noel image representing poem by John Barr

By John Barr / From the Archive, Holidays and Special Days

And there were shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
Luke 2:8

To them Orion was not a huntsman
but a shepherd of the lambent.

Safe from Leo, Lupus, Taurus
his charges followed him to dawn,

counted and content
to know they would persist

when daylight
rendered them no longer visible.

Not souls–not yet–they were signifiers
ready to be metaphors.

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