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the Marriage of Christmas and Yule

by Michele Schottelkorb

the cries of ancient prophecies

echo in the wind

a thousand years of persecution

culminates here

in this tiny room amidst the vast world

~adorned in rich velvet burgandyforestsierra

we sit amongst acceptance


smiles not in vain

warm hearts bleeding compassion

we see through the boundary; the wall of lies

into the mind’s eye we drift

falling softly on clouds of goodness and love


in your pupil a spark is born

remembrance of a time when evil and disdain were vanquished

in a breath of understanding…


around this orb of light, the oneness of the soul joins two hearts, then four, then billions

of stars, lightyears away smile down upon our race

the human race


we are the same


for this moment we forget to hate and loath that which is unknown

for this tiny moment, in this tiny room, we know the truth

that our ancestors knew…


we know

we know


Author's Note: i read a jounal entry of Daniel Rollings... "some lyrics for you (Dar Williams, The Christians and the Pagans)"... as of late many people here have been very inspirational to my writing endeavors... this particular piece that he posted brought tears to my eyes and gave me just a glimmer of hope... if i have not said it publicly, i am Pagan, married into a very Christian family... this story that is told in Daniel's journal is precisely what our lives have come to evolve to... it is amazing what acceptance can do to enlighten the world... the more we understand the more we love and feel and live... we are the same... we just get there in different ways... this poem was inspired, by the love of those who judge not lest they be judged... although my title is not inclusive of all religions, it should be... and while many might feel that marriage does not apply, i feel it does, as marriage is the union of those with unconditional love... Merry Christmas and Blessed Yule!

Posted on 12/07/2003
Copyright © 2022 Michele Schottelkorb

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 12/07/03 at 09:32 PM

This poem to say the least left me speechless Michele. So seasonal, and yet so universal as well. Kudos for the fine work!

Posted by Max Bouillet on 12/09/03 at 11:20 PM

i wish everyone would read this. especially those that are filled with intolerance. Thank you for posting this and continuing to be a voice in the wild.

Posted by Thomas K. Hunt on 12/10/03 at 01:39 AM

Outstanding..I agree with Max in hopes that everyone could read this...

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 12/12/03 at 03:04 AM

Thought provoking. Full of evocative imagery.

Posted by Kate Demeree on 12/12/03 at 02:15 PM

Reading this I was filled with that love and joy which to me is the connection between all life. Beautifly written!

Posted by Jean Mollett on 01/29/04 at 06:46 PM

Hi Michele, the marriage of christmas and yule. It's lovely. We are people, the same human race. Only different is the color of the skin. No matter the faith, we are still people in this world. The only one that is to judge is our Lord up above. We're not suppose to be judging each other, but it happens too much. Ya can't always judge a book by it's cover. No matter how a person looks, or where thay may come from. There's always something good in them, there may be some that's not. We all want to be treated with respect. It goes both ways too, ya can't always get it, ya have to earn it too. Your right, there is way too much hate and meaness out in the world today. Life is too short as it is. Why can't we just get along together?

Posted by Jean Mollett on 01/29/04 at 06:58 PM

Hi Michele, Your work has said things in such a different way, full of emotionals, much compassion. Too many has lost their compassion and kindness. Maybe, they will stop and think now. Good work.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 01/13/06 at 08:02 PM

If all would heed what a wonderful world ours would be. Excellent food for thought Mich..... Charlie

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