“Beneath the Aluminum Star” by The Rev. Francesca Fortunato

December 5th,2018 Categories: Latest News

The aluminum star had lost its shape.
The tissue wings were slightly torn.
Last year’s haloes patched with tape
and the angel forgot to blow her horn.
Glory to God! Glory to God! Peace on earth; good will to all.

A towel turban came unwound.
One of the sheep was too shy to bleat.
The smallest king stumbled and lost his crown.
Mary had white Mary Janes on her feet.
Glory to God! Glory to God! Peace on earth; good will to all.

Joseph’s beard was thick, gray wool
glued to a sock and tied on with string.
The auditorium was half full
when the fidgeting choristers started to sing.
Glory to God! Glory to God! Peace on earth; good will to all.

The baby was Mary’s favorite doll
tucked in a painted shoebox bed
and wrapped in her Grandma’s warmest shawl
with a pipe-cleaner halo taped to its head.
Glory to God! Glory to God! Peace on earth; good will to all.

Yet, somehow, that doll looked awfully real.
The small angels’ voices piped loud and clear.
The folks in the crowd were beginning to feel
Heaven and holiness happening here.
Glory to God! Glory to God! Peace on earth; good will to all.

The aluminum star shone silver-bright
on Mary and Joseph, kneeling low.
Mary hugged her baby tight;
then put him back to bed, just so.
Glory to God! Glory to God! Peace on earth; good will to all.

Soon the three kings were kneeling, too.
(The littlest one had found his crown).
Shy sheep bleated; cows said “moo.”
A shepherd laid his broom-staff down.
Glory to God! Glory to God! Peace on earth; good will to all.

The star on the stage and the stars in the sky
and the small, nightgowned angels and angels on high
were singing that song of forever and now
(along with the kings and the sheep and the cow).
Glory to God! Glory to God! Peace on earth; good will to all.

– Francesca Fortunato 1/18/06