Non-Christian Nativity

Kali Xmas - December 24, 2012m

This non-Christian actually enjoys the nativity scene…

When I see the baby Jesus in the manger, I see new light shining forth from the darkest dark…

I see new life at a time when so much of the world seems shuttered and dead.

I see what makes the wise men so wise: they understand how the highest exists in what appears to be the lowest.

The nativity shows me that the spiritual is not separate from the things of this Earth, but exists amid the common creatures, amid the coarse basic elements, amid the dirt.

We often see the mother and father slightly removed from the child.  The child is theirs, and yet not: the child belongs to them, but also to the world…

…just as every child belongs to the life of the world, to all humankind.

The star above the manger tells me that every child is born under its own star—every child has a higher destiny.

In some nativities, an angel watches from the roof peak: the angel watches over the child’s destiny…

And because it views the scene from a higher perspective, the angel knows why the child needs adversity in order to fulfill that destiny.

All this I see when I see the nativity scene.  All this, and more that I’ve yet to realize.

I know that some object to the nativity being placed in municipal settings and I can understand why…

But I’d like them to consider what’s on the lawn of the city hall in my own little town…

Though we’re smack dab in middle of the Bible belt, instead of a nativity, you’ll find a snowman and two little penguins (see below)…

I enjoy penguins, really, I do…

But at this time of year, I want to experience the darkness, and after going into that darkness, I need the relief offered by the light…

…the new light I celebrate at the Winter Solstice.

penguins snowman - December 24, 2012m

© 2012, Michael R. Patton
sky rope poetry


About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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