Floppedy, flop, boppedy bop tripped along four

friends bound commonly to hear, to walk strong, to see

For now they learned the young girl rode in a pour

of  mystery duty abiding in midst of  friends to be.

Sudden was the brushing of needley short limbs of green

Against sides of donkey and stump just cresting a hill

Sudden was the sniffing and snuffling and wuffling so lean

Against shepherding crook and stalking root stopped in a thrill.

“What can mean this small green bush,this shrub in our way?”

hummed Shepherd of EyeCrook pointing the sight to Stumpy.

“What can mean this Shrub Girl tumbling off in stray?”

wheedled FloppyEared and Ridden Donkey to Woman Clumpy.

“Tho I Be Woman, I cannot put root to Shrub Girl reasoning,”

stamped out Stump Woman leading the way so trumping.

“So snuffle up to a floppy ear, bush girl, and give seasoning

“ramped out from ditch why you come nosing in our clumping.”

“Oh, most high flopping ears, most bent young girl, most seeing crook,

“Oh, most tight rooted  stump, know you not the scent of holiness;

“All bands of seekers must follow to reach the young girl’s place in the book,

“Oh, ho, know you not the scent of far spices marking the business?”

“Oh, I hear a new tune,” replied Flop Eared Boy.

“Oh, I tap into The Way,” replied Woman Stump.

“Oh, I hear my hoofs carry her”, replied Eary DonCoy.

“Oh, crook sees stall below, girl above,”replied ShepTrump.

“What you cannot hear. cannot stampfeel, cannot crooksee,

replied sniffing small green Shrub Girl in thrall.

“What you must let me smell is odor of angel looksee

“What you must have me sniffpoint is lamb small.”

“Wait!  How holy scent, angle odor mean this lamb?”

Wait!  How holy thing,angel thing,lamb thing in our quest?

“Oh,High Floppy,Low Stumpy, Strong Donk, LongEyeRamb,

“Know you not this Lamb wholly anointed at birth,angelsang at rest?”

“Oh, why we listen, why we stamp on road, why we crook-see?

“Why we sniff out holy anointing,sniff out choiring of a lamb?”

“Oh, hark, ye listeners,ye seekers,ye stampers!”

“Ye must find the place shielding birth of  your offered Lamb!

“What mean ye, our offered lamb?”all friends cried out.

“What mean ye, holy scent of newborn lamb?” all called now.

“Why heard you not the tales of old,why saw not the Star?

Why tapped you not into truth on which men bow?”

“Oh, we once heard, we once saw, we once stepped in theTrue Way.”

“But what we now will find in stall below our last mile?”

“Oh, we like to hear, like to see, like to tap the road, hooray.”

But we know not need to follow holy scent,find new Lamb.”


whispered Small Shrub Girl in memory of old time

as she brushed on sniffing the last curve;

weaving the way of friends into byways of  New Life.

NOTE:  We will finally reach Bethlehem’s stall and find waiting many unexpected critters, friends, gifts, sights, sounds, feelings, and smells:  none yet tasting of the sweet waters of life such travelers all seek in such places of waiting.


28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue Dreamwalker
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 20:29:13

    Granbee, you exceed at this wonderful style of getting that Eternal message across to the the world… Excellent..
    I have limited time here now.. So forgive me that I have not commented upon all y our wonserful previous posts.. But I want you to know I read them via mymobile in email.. or part there-in..
    I just want to say Happy Christmas and wishing you the very Best of all you wish others in 2012.. from a dreamy friend who has only known you a short while but who see’s your spirit.. and hears your heart.. Love and Blessings.. Sue x xx

    • granbee
      Dec 24, 2011 @ 12:18:43

      Sue, I understand comletely: such a joyful but hectic time for all of us! Don’t know what I would do w/o my unlimited data service on my mobile! I will NOT hear any blanket criticism of 21st Century telecommunications. So supportive and considerate of you to explain here. To provide equal courtesy (maybe!), I will just say there will only be one more “Advent/Bethlehem Fields” post before 25th. I will start with Epiphany/Coming from the East segments on the 27th. We MUSt observe Boxing Day/St. Stephen’s Day, right?

  2. Joyce de vivre
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 22:20:19

    And so I am excited for the next post 🙂 It’s like I’m watching a play, wherein I’m enjoying so much and escalates to important messages about God and faith 🙂 Thanks Granbee 🙂

    • granbee
      Dec 24, 2011 @ 12:27:43

      Joyce, I could not be more pleased that you receive my posts as an ongoing play, because that is a large part of my design. Even more meaningful to me is the fact that you experience the “escalation” in the level of meaning and intensity of action and relationships of the characters! Stay tuned for one more post only before the Birth. On the 27th, I will pick back up with the next major section, Coming from the East, Epiphany, etc.

  3. willowdot21
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 22:39:08

    beautiful, what more can I say!

    • granbee
      Dec 24, 2011 @ 12:30:20

      And YOU are beautiful for saying so, Willow! Thank you so much. I truly appreciate your feedback here, as I love to follow your wonderful posts.

  4. nightshade130
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 22:41:10

    Aww this was soo creative. I love this. 😀

    • granbee
      Dec 24, 2011 @ 12:38:10

      Nightshade, I am pleased you find this work “creative”, because I truly feel the Creator is moving me to write about these matters in such a way that leaves all doors and windows open to all sincere seekers of His Truth, no matter their point of faith origin. Thank you and bless you richly, dear sister in the Lord!

  5. poeticjourney
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 23:22:06

    Can’t wait to read whats next, always a pleasure to read what you write. God Bless 🙂

    • granbee
      Dec 24, 2011 @ 12:41:28

      So pleased at your supportive comments, poeticj. There will only be one more Advent/Bethlehem Fields post, which will include the Birth. I will pick back up on 12/27/2011 with Epiphany/Coming from the East segments. Stay tuned!

  6. lscotthoughts
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 02:59:01

    Again, so creative are your words and such a wonderful way of bringing us to Bethlehem; am anxious for the next story…thanks, Rose!

    • granbee
      Dec 24, 2011 @ 12:49:14

      Lauren, you are my champion commenter today, because you see that I am “bringing us to Bethlehem”: a spiritual journey of mutual and self-discovery amongst fellow travelers/companions towards the Spirit of God being born anew inside of each (which has already started in sundry ways, as we have seen!) as they assist each other (or not! remember the bullfrog!)–AS WELL AS seeking the place of His Birth that first Christmas Eve in Bethlehem. There will only be one more post before 25th; then I will pick back up on the 27th with Epiphany/Traveling from the East/from Afar segments. Continue to celebrate with us! Bless you this Holy Christmastide!

  7. cottonbombs
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 18:12:33

    Rose! Your writing reminds us that we must learn to see again, hear again, think again. Again, thank you for a poem that can only open inside us once read, once felt.

    • granbee
      Dec 24, 2011 @ 18:59:21

      Peter, I KNEW there was a reason I was staying at this computer all night–your analysis in this comment shows that I have MOSTLY succeeded in my goals for this post. For these poems to “open up inside” you guys, within any and all readers possible, I know (you say so) I must make you all FEEL them. There will be one last post in a few hours, dated sometime on the night of 12/24/2011, where all the critters and sortoffolks will gather with the others we have come to expect at his manger side. Then I will come back on 12/27/2011 (God willing) to start a new segment dealing with epiphanies and travels from far eastward and star trailing, etc. May you, Sir Peter, receive every manner of blessing this Christmas!

  8. worshipandswag
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 03:50:47

    I really dislike coming to your page thinking I’m first only to see that other bloggers beat me to it, lol! Beautiful piece…
    “Oh, we like to hear, like to see, like to tap the road, hooray.” But we know not need to follow holy scent,find new Lamb.”
    I also nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award [because you are]! Please check it out at Thanks 🙂

    • granbee
      Dec 25, 2011 @ 12:37:36

      Now you now how I feel when arriving to comment of one of your great posts, to find I must scroll, and scroll, and… get a comment box! What the heck are we complaining about, sister? Blessings on you for your very kind nomination of me for this award. I will NOT be able to follow up until the middle of next week (family duties, etc.) Have I ever told you how truly neat your photo gravatar is? IF my husband can ever let go of his digital camera long enough, I am going to update my gravatar (love those chatty penguins, though) to a photo of myself on a picnic day at a local lake, with our dogs. However, that is not a huge priority right now. May you have a fabulously blessed Chistmastide and New Beginning for 2012. And thank you particularly for noticing the lines you quoted,contrasting the application of human senses with that of divine senses!

  9. jadedheart
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 04:35:50

    I have nominated you for the 7×7 Award! Check out my post×7-link-award/ to learn more about it 🙂

    • granbee
      Dec 25, 2011 @ 12:39:11

      Jaded, I humbly bow before your creativity which has seen fit to honor me with this nomination. I will be unable to follow up properly until the middle of next week–holiday family duties, you know.

  10. Jessie Jeanine
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 04:38:47

    You are such a gifted and talented writer granbee! I could never write in this type of context and it’s just wonderful and a real joy to read. Thank you for all you offer us 🙂 Merry Christmas!

    • granbee
      Dec 25, 2011 @ 12:42:24

      Jessie J., you may not realize it, but I have watched you progress in your poetic skills and polish your focus in the few weeks that I have been following your blog. I DO appreciate so very much your high compliments of my work. It is a joy that I am being used to put forth this type of poetic endeavor at this particular point in my personal development. Thank you so very kindly. May God abundantly bless you and your daughter this Christmastide.

      • Jessie Jeanine
        Dec 29, 2011 @ 01:16:25

        I appreciate your encouragement SO much granbee! You are a beautiful soul, my friend. ♥¸¸.•*¨*•♥ HUGS ♥•*¨*•.¸¸♥

        • granbee
          Dec 30, 2011 @ 05:36:44

          HUGS back at ya, JessieJ. I am beyond rewarded to know that I obeyed HIS leading and performed some small act of encouragement for you today.

  11. bardessdmdenton
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 05:16:57

    ‘weaving the way of friends into byways of New Life.’

    Lovely lovely line.

    • granbee
      Dec 25, 2011 @ 12:45:46

      Thank you very, very much for picking up on this particularline, for it is one that sort of hovered all around my head as I typed the other verses, then just sort of plopped itself down there with the attitude that I was not to touch it. Bardess, your work is so exquisite and professional that I am beyond honored to have you participating here on this post today. A most blessed holy Christmastide “to you and your kin.”

  12. zendictive
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 20:21:14

    a witty wisdom writer you are (~_~)

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