One crisping, swooping, starwaving night

In a bent old snaggy olive tree

Perched half behind a broken blight

Sat the nightingale singing tra-lee, tra-lee

For, you see, Friend Hopper’s bulgy sight

Beamed in twinkles: “new symphony”


So Miss Nightee Gale ran up and down trills

To warm all her chords in fore-warned mystery

Miss Nightee Gale trilled and thrummed the hills

So happy she was to please her friends for all history


Then who should bash, crash, smash down old limbs

But that one crow, Rusty Crow, who for corn only cawed

Who now disturbed the night song, the star-song to dims

So puzzled was Nightee Gale at daybird leaving her tune all pawed.


“What are you doing here, you greedy follower after dropped sheep’s corn?”

“What are you doing in my olivey bower, my starry runey chorales?”

“Oh, Nightee, the family kicked me out of my stally nightbed in scorn.”

“Oh, Nightee, the family pecked my snorey caws in their corrals.”


“Oh, is THAT all?  Is THAT your only reason for such treason?”

“Well, Brother Rusty, we shall soon mend all in your throat;”

“For Friend Hopper just scraped a note of new angel reason

“Bringing to all critters a new tune for all, no matter their boat.”


So Miss Nightee made room for Ol’ Rusty in her bower

Upon agreement that Ol’Rusty run chords in his throat

While lifting his corned eye always to starry shower

To bring harmony in rusty throat now with thrumming smote.

Now Ol’ Rusty and Miss Nightee bloomed like a flower

Of sweetest essence rising up to enfold angel’s coat.


Soon Galing tunes and Crowing chords formed a golden harp

On which the Peace and Goodwill Angels played over hills

And into lanes beside a cattle stall where sheep made a tarp

To cover small baaing heads bowed before heart’s thrills

Hushed by a new baby’s gaze beaming love without carp

To answer chorus of Rusty-Nightee band sending no bills.



27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Antigone's Clamor
    Dec 10, 2011 @ 06:40:30

    I’m enjoying your Advent poems. Very inventive!

  2. willowdot21
    Dec 10, 2011 @ 06:42:50

    Such a lovely story , you are going to have a beautifully crowded bier!! I love your stories you are so very clever so fresh!!

    • granbee
      Dec 11, 2011 @ 05:01:31

      So encouraged that you see a bier rapidly filling up! Ever since earlyl childhood, I have imagined a whole lot more “critters” in the manger scene than just a cow, a donkey, a camel, and a sheep! All of creation was supposed to have rejoiced, you know!

  3. AngelaJaneGrace
    Dec 10, 2011 @ 16:45:55

    Love your storytelling, Granbee 🙂 Each one has a wonderful charm about it that makes you want to read on to see what’s coming next.

    • granbee
      Dec 11, 2011 @ 05:03:26

      AJG, I am so pleased you want to keep with these little Advent/Bethlehm vignettes along with my critters! I plan to attempt a frog/smog acrostic next. We’ll see what we see!

  4. dhanalakshmi
    Dec 10, 2011 @ 17:36:49


  5. cottonbombs
    Dec 10, 2011 @ 18:16:24

    Rose! I like how you get into religion without getting religious. What I mean is that you don’t let dogma get in the way of poetry. Dogma is the death of poetry and as a guy who loves Jesus, yet usually cringes at anyone who introduces themselves as Christian, I find this poem sings a hymn I can hum along to.

    • granbee
      Dec 11, 2011 @ 05:07:33

      Peter, I KNEW there was a reason I liked you so much! Reaching people about the true inner spiritual truths about Jesus–and the Father and the Holy Spirit–without being religious and stopping up people’s ears and hearts is EXACTLY what I aspire to do with this blog. I cannot tell you what a boost it is to me today to read that you “get” that! Hooray!

  6. Laurie Kolp
    Dec 11, 2011 @ 00:07:21

    Such a sweet message in this, Rose.

    • granbee
      Dec 11, 2011 @ 05:09:31

      Laurie, knowing how important sweetest and gentleness are to you, I am so very pleased you found this poem to be sweet in your life as your read it! I am so encouraged that it touched you in the way!

  7. lscotthoughts
    Dec 11, 2011 @ 04:55:10

    This may be my favorite, Rose, although, I may be repeating myself now and in the future. Your storytelling is, oh, so charming~

    • granbee
      Dec 11, 2011 @ 05:11:39

      Lauren, now you sound like me as I reread my posts this week: now THIS one is my favorite, now THIS one is my favorite…..! But who could resist a nightingale teaching an old crow to sing for the Christ Child at His birth?

  8. The Background Story
    Dec 11, 2011 @ 12:32:36

    This is beautiful! Kind of whimsical. I like it. 🙂

    • granbee
      Dec 12, 2011 @ 23:14:52

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. Yes, I do enjoy utilizing whimsy to allow more “weighty” points to sink in without discomfort!

  9. Savira
    Dec 12, 2011 @ 22:26:38

    You have a unique way of telling your stories….

    • granbee
      Dec 12, 2011 @ 23:16:41

      Yes, Savira, when one is weaned on Faulkner and Eudora Welty and Shapespeare and the Arabian Nights, I am finding those “unique” word imaging techniques get absorbed into the bones of one’s stories in adulthood!

  10. Jessie Jeanine
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 02:32:59

    My very wise friend… please visit my site as I’m honored to have added you to my nominations for “The Versatile Blogger Award.” You deserve it so much, but it was an oversight by me, because I’ve only been keeping up with others through my email so I have to find a better way. I don’t want to lose some of my favorite connections in the crowd! (I fear this has happened with me and twitter too) Keeping up with and learning all this social media can be challenging 🙂 Many blessings granbee ~ I adore you!

    • granbee
      Dec 13, 2011 @ 02:37:57

      Jessie, I have been pleased to already enter my humbles gratitude to you for this nominatino on your own blog! You are so right: social media combined with professional connectivity sites such as LinkedIn is a big challenge. But I am so grateful as I see how it “stretches” me. Bless you, JessieJ.

  11. gethappy
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 04:11:08

    Great Poem

    • granbee
      Dec 13, 2011 @ 07:44:34

      Anytime I get a “Great Poem” feedback from gethappy, I am VERY happy. Thanks for dropping in. I certainly learn a lot and give many lifts from your blog! Bless you!

  12. Sue Dreamwalker
    Dec 14, 2011 @ 01:11:14

    You are on a Roll Granbee.. Loved this little Tweet! lol … Keep Singing!.. and keep those stories a coming.. xx

    • granbee
      Dec 14, 2011 @ 05:44:57

      Roll with me, Sue! There are many unforetold critters yet to come! So pleased this made you sing. Let the whole world sing together is my constant prayer.

  13. bardessdmdenton
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 04:50:33

    I’m finally getting back here, Granbee! I just love the word play in all your poems but especially these advent-animal ones. These individually or together would make some wonderful books.

    I’m going to read through all these poems I’ve been so delinquent in viewing. If I don’t comment on all, forgive me. Just keep in mind that I find all your writing inventive and clever (often such fun) but more than that, very profound and soulful.

    You certainly have a way…sometimes a wayward way…with words!

    • granbee
      Dec 25, 2011 @ 13:37:13

      To have you visit and so care-fully comment anytime at all is a high honor for me, Bardess! I must admit it is very encouraging to have you see all of these features in this series of poems. The elements you point out are certainly very important to my overall concept. May you have a most blessed Christmastide.

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