The (not so) secret message of Christmas

21 Nov
Children posed in a Christmas tableau

Christmas tableau (from our church’s Christmas production, 2012)

The (not so) secret message of Christmas

Unto us a child is given.
O come let us adore Him!
Yea, Lord, we greet Thee
Emmanuel; His name is called Emmanuel.
Veiled in flesh the God-head see.
O holy night!
Light and life to all He brings.
I wonder as I wander.

© 2013 by Violet Nesdoly (all rights reserved)


The November Poem-a-day challenge  for today, Thursday the 21st, is to write a secret message poem.

Having attended my first Christmas function Wednesday night,  I have Christmas on my mind. Can you find the (not so) secret message of Christmas in the poem above, made up of lines from Christmas songs?

Poetry Friday LogoThis poem is part of Poetry Friday, hosted this week by Katya at Write. Sketch. Repeat.


Posted by on November 21, 2013 in Found, Poetry Friday, Religious


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11 responses to “The (not so) secret message of Christmas

  1. Catherine Johnson

    November 22, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Great found poem, Violet. Very clever!


  2. Laura S.

    November 22, 2013 at 3:08 am

    I found it! Lovely (and cute picture too!)


  3. mattforrest

    November 22, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Interesting way of creating a found poem, Violet – and yes, I “found” the message! But I’ll keep quiet so as not to ruin it for others. (I’m in the Christmas Spirit already, too – I just finished writing a carol!)


  4. jama

    November 22, 2013 at 10:09 am



  5. Donna Smith

    November 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Nice found poem with a message. Thanks for starting up my Christmas!


  6. joyacey

    November 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Is there a name for acrostics that start from the bottom up? Fun poem, I can see doing this with nursery rhymes or book titles. What fun for budding poets. Thank you for sharing.


    • Violet Nesdoly

      November 22, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      I don’t know about that bottom-up business, Joy! Tell me if you find out.


  7. Tabatha

    November 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Adorable photo and neat idea for a found acrostic!


  8. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    November 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I confess, it took me awhile (until a Joyful little birdie let me in on the secret). What a clever dickens you are… and what a lot of fun this would be for kids!


  9. Keri Collins Lewis

    November 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    A clever idea, well done!



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