I wrote this poem a few years ago and feel that this is the true spirit of Christmas.



On donkey did they travel, Joseph and Mary

Always careful as they went on their way

Heavy with the Christ Child she did carry

In her womb there HE lay

They arrived to find no place.

But HE was born in a drafty space

In a barn in a manager so spare,

Under HIS little body was laid some hay.

The Christ Child ever so fair,

There HE lay.


The animals all gather close by

To add their warmth to the air.

HE looks at them with clear bright eyes.

The Christ Child ever so fair,

There HE lay.

The star shining so bright,

Marks the way for them to come.

To bring gifts of love if they might

Traveling to lands they are far from

To see the Christ Child on HIS bed of hay.

There HE lay.

Together with family and friends we gather near.

May we always remember HIM on this HIS birthday.

Jesus Christ ever so dear

With God, our Father, there HE lay.

May God Bless you All!

Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!

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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with eight children's books for PS-Gr 4, four middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and two novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. All her books are available on, Create Space, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working toward publishing one children's book, middle-grade/preteen book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. A mystery series for girls and a YA fantasy series will be coming next year. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews.
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4 Responses to THERE HE LAY

  1. deanie2013 says:

    This IS the perfect Christmas Poem! Great job on it!

  2. HI, Janice. A wonderful poem! I’ve just nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger award and thank you so much for inspiring and supporting me, my friend. You’ll find out all about it at Have a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year! Blessings, Bette

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