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Just when you thought the excitement was over

11 Jan

"Rest on the Flight Into Egypt" by Luc-Olivier Merson (1846-1920)

Just when you thought the excitement was over

I know you just fell asleep
after his midnight feed
and that you’ve had an exhausting day.

I know we’ve dreamed of living
– just the three of us –
in rooms behind the cedar-fragrant shop

and that I promised to build you
a kitchen table and new beds
when we got back to Nazareth.

I know that you can’t wait
to show him
to your mom and dad

or put him in the clothes
you stitched for him
that he is even now outgrowing.

I know that you were looking forward
to things getting back to normal.
But heaven keeps interrupting

for I’ve had that dream again.
There’s no time to delay –
we’re on our way to Egypt!

© 2011 by Violet Nesdoly
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12 Comments

Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Religious

 

12 responses to “Just when you thought the excitement was over

  1. Maureen

    January 11, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Nice write, Violet! Great title, especially given the content. I like the perspective and tone of voice you’ve adopted; both seem natural and unforced, with the recognizable details good anchors. Evocative image.

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    • vnesdoly

      January 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks, Maureen! I’m glad you think the tone of voice is right. It’s interesting, trying to write from a well-known character’s perspective.

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  2. Ellen Grace Olinger

    January 11, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Reblogged this on Poems From Psalms And Nature.

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    • vnesdoly

      January 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Ellen, I’m so honored that you think this is worth a re-blog. Thank you!

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  3. c van gorkom

    January 11, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Great poem! The family of God next door. Sometimes He moves us into controversy instead of away from it, however, into battle after a time in the Egyptian wilderness to be prepared. The readiness of Joseph to obey the dream is inspiring and your poem captures the human drama so well.

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    • vnesdoly

      January 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      That’s a great way to look at it: “The family of God next door.” Joseph’s readiness to obey has always challenged me. It seems God was very intentional when He picked both of Jesus’ earthly parents.

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  4. Adele

    January 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Lovely, Violet! A gorgeous picture and a wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing.

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    • vnesdoly

      January 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you so much, Adele. Isn’t it a lovely picture? A friend sent a different version to me (slightly darker with starker highlights). That one was more dramatic. This one is softer and so still. I think it catches the couple’s weariness and the awe of the setting (including the sphinx) over what was happening. (Paintings like this make me wish I were a painter!)

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  5. Janet

    January 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Really enjoyed this! Love the line…but heaven keeps interrupting!…and Violet, you are a painter…instead of a brush and palette, you have a pen and ink!

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  6. vnesdoly

    January 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Janet, thank you so much! And you picked up the underlying thought I had when I wrote this–that heaven often interrupts us at the most inconvenient times!

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  7. Laura BogItgess

    January 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I don’t know why, but this took me by surprise tonight…Christmas come and gone, a new year well on its way…and it moved me tremendously. Thank you so much, violet.

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  8. vnesdoly

    January 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Thank you, Laura! (I just found your comment in my ‘other’ folder – yikes!) There is more to the ‘Christmas’ story than just only the Christmas events, isn’t there?

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