Little Lost Lamb

Cock-Eyed Sheepdog

Nightingale Teacher

Singing Crow

Crowing Rooster

Crooning Dove

Fluttering Dragonfly

Spotted Goad

Old Hen

Young Weasel

Flop-Eared Boy

Flop-Eared Donkey

Stump Woman

Crook-Eyed Shepherd



Big-Nosed Shrub Girl

Young Mother-Girl


Shattering Stars


All unexpected critters and sort-of folks

Trailing into Bethlehem’s Back Gate

All joined so all can hear and see and feel and smell

All teaching and reaching together for this gate

All stretching towards the stall

Trailing into Bethlehem now so dry

All holding up each to each so in thrall

Trailing each a single sense of about to be glory

All holding up each to find drops of spirit fill,

All now gleaming through cracks in animal house,

As first come sheep, before come cattle, now come donkey,

Trail around a filling trough to never thirst again,

But no room for outside critters, no room for not-quite folk,

All now sliding down in weak adore of Light within,

But no spot for thirsting after righteousness,

All now pushed under old fallen roof joint,

All now falling under shattering starlight and crushing angle wings

Brushing the dews of morning down the joint spout

Draining the angel cloud weeps down into waiting throats,

Soaking the deep places inside the hearts in that corner,

Watering the life forces in each, to each, with each,

To loosen the tongues to tell the words in other far corners:

“Christ the New Born King is Come This Day

For to Love Us All, Bless Us All, Each and Every

Critter Unspected, each and every OutsideFolk Unspected.”


So all the expected ones and the unexpected and incomplete ones joined as one before

The Babe with  Young Girl Mother, all still with waiting and still waiting

The weary world to come and find, to come and give, to come and wait, wait, wait.


24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joyce de vivre
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 19:19:09

    another heartwarming poem full of eternal praise for God 🙂 Thanks for sharing Granbee…you’re keeping my excitement on and on 🙂

    • granbee
      Dec 27, 2011 @ 11:54:30

      Joyce, so priviledged to have warmed your heart on Christmas with this post. Yes, His Holy Name is praIsed forever and ever, at ALL the gates! We are by no means done with these characters and many others popping their heads up in the coming months!

  2. nightshade130
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 21:23:28

    I really enjoyed reading this! Merry Christmas Granbee! 😀

    • granbee
      Dec 27, 2011 @ 11:55:51

      So pleased I could add a little enjoyment to your Christmas, nightshade! Let us look for the light, let us all be open to Epiphanies in our lives in coming days.

  3. poeticjourney
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 21:53:04

    Another wonderful piece from you! Merry Christmas and God Bless 🙂

    • granbee
      Dec 27, 2011 @ 11:58:02

      Poeticj, so please you enjoyed this post on Christmas. May light and warmth and love fill your days in these last days of Christmastide and as we are blessed with many types of Epiphanies in coming weeks. These characters we have been traveling with will be joined by many others and many otther roads are out there awaiting us!

  4. willowdot21
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 05:13:34

    And the world had a chance to listen, but did it listen did it hear did it take head did it care, if it did I do not see the evidence anywhere.
    But that was a wonderful piece of work it was wondrous and amazing!

    • granbee
      Dec 27, 2011 @ 12:08:05

      Willow, thank you so very much for this commentary verse–I really think it works as a great into to the next portion of our journey, as we meet other critters, other folk, and other parts of ourselves over Epiphany. Willow, we have always known “many will be called, few will answer.” I pray that you will be able to see “the evidence” in yourself, because many of us out here in blogland certainly do! Stay tuned for more critters, more “folk”, more unexpected side paths, a little more light, a little more life-giving waters of life from other out-of-the-way downspouts!

  5. Angela
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 05:46:27

    Beautiful, beautiful, Granbee! I have missed a couple of instalments (so I am going to go back and read), but this line:

    “All teaching and reaching together for this gate” is wonderful – such a description of humanity as we walk our pathways towards the light, in whatever way we choose.

    • granbee
      Dec 27, 2011 @ 12:11:11

      Angela, you GOT it: EXACTIMUNDO! Stay tuned for the remainder of this Chrismastide and all through Epiphany for further travels with these critters and others, these “folk” and others, and other parts of ourselves we need to get better acquaintaned with, as He came to grip our finger and invite us to just SMILE!

  6. totsymae1011
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 08:53:08

    Ahhh, your characters go to see the newborn king. What a delight. I see vibrant visuals and odd folk gathered and bearing gifts.

    • granbee
      Dec 27, 2011 @ 12:13:59

      Tots, your comments are always such a blessing, so encouraging. Vibrant visuals with odd folk leading the “parade” is exactly what we are about with this series. We will move around into quite a few odd Bethlehem corners and discover all sorts of fragments of who we really are after being Blessed by the Babe. We will find some unusual gifts to bring back to Him–and others, on His behalf.

  7. Laurie Kolp
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 11:00:24

    I hope you had a great Christmas!

    • granbee
      Dec 27, 2011 @ 12:17:58

      Lauried, I am continuing to have a most light -filled, warm, and terriffic Christmastide. Thank you so much for your kind wishes. May you receive new light and new warmth as we move through the remaining Twelve Days and into Epiphany time. State tuned here at granbee land for many unexpected byways to be explored by our critterly friends, our “folkly” friends. We will find odd and end gifts to present in His name!

  8. Savy
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 18:42:10

    Your creations are truly one of a kind… Always amazed when i come here…

    • granbee
      Dec 27, 2011 @ 18:47:02

      Thank you, blessed ffirend, for your gracious encouragement. Yes, I do aspire (and work hard) to establish almost a new genre so as to wake people up to their own miraculous selves.

  9. zendictive
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 20:19:19

    merry christmas (~_~)

  10. Fergiemoto
    Dec 30, 2011 @ 15:48:29

    Hope you had an enjoyable Christmas! Happy New Year and thank you for your frequent visits nice comments on my blog!

    • granbee
      Dec 31, 2011 @ 03:11:40

      Fergie, your blog was one of the first I loved after I started my own blog (thanks to my daughter-in-law’s great example!). I love your gravatar and your “handle”. So pleased to have you check in here and provide feedback whenever you have the chance. May your 2012 be filled with light and love!

  11. bardessdmdenton
    Jan 01, 2012 @ 03:17:00

    ‘All unexpected critters and sort-of folks

    Trailing into Bethlehem’s Back Gate’

    Wonderful tying together of your series of advent stories! So enjoyed them all.

    • granbee
      Jan 01, 2012 @ 03:21:09

      Bardess, so pleased you enjoyed all the Advent series. We ARE continuing with,and adding to, the adventures of the critters in, around, and away from (and approaching far away in the East) Bethlehem. Keep in mind this significant “back gate”, okay?

  12. Antigone's Clamor
    Jan 02, 2012 @ 05:57:54

    I love how you tied them all together! Beautiful and creative expressions of Advent adoration. Blessings!

    • granbee
      Jan 02, 2012 @ 07:19:05

      Antigone, I am so honored that you received beauty from reading my Advent posts. You will see that I have now posted two post-Christmas night, pre-Epiphany poems. We are continuing with critters, sort-of folks, usualy expected ones, and west traveling east, hearing camel hoof beats and receicing star signals of other critter hitchhikers under Oriental crowns!

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