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T.S.Eliot’s “Journey of the Magi” is my favorite Christmas poem… Even though one may argue that it is not a Christmas poem.

A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.’
And the camels galled, sore-footed,
refractory,
Lying down in the melting snow.
There were times we regretted
The summer palaces on slopes, the
terraces,
And the silken girls bringing sherbet.

Then the camel men cursing and
grumbling
And running away, and wanting their
liquor and women,
And the night-fires going out, and the
lack of shelters,
And the cities hostile and the towns
unfriendly
And the villages dirty and charging high
prices:
A hard time we had of it.
At the end we preferred to travel all
night,
Sleeping in snatches,
With the voices singing in our ears,
saying
That this was all folly.

Then at dawn we came down to a
temperate valley,
Wet, below the snow line, smelling of
vegetation;
With a running stream and a water-mill
beating the darkness,
And three trees on the low sky,
And an old white horse galloped in
away in the meadow.
Then we came to a tavern with
vine-leaves over the lintel,
Six hands at an open door dicing for
pieces of silver,
And feet kicking the empty wine-skins.
But there was no imformation, and so
we continued
And arrived at evening, not a moment
too soon
Finding the place; it was (you may say)
satisfactory.

All this was a long time ago, I
remember,
And I would do it again, but set down
This set down
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth,
certainly,
We had evidence and no doubt. I had
seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different;
this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like
Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these
Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old
dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their
gods.
I should be glad of another death.

I did not do the art. I only added color to it. It is from public domain REUSABLE ART. The site is here if you want to see what they offer. I recently found a public domain site that has some beautiful vintage images, and it even shows the reader how to do a couple things in Photoshop.

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Ever since the beginning of memory, I drew, painted, and crafted. As a child, above our family couch was a painting of lush woods and trail leading to a cottage house. I followed the trail with my mind’s eye and invented a family that lived in the cottage. Sometimes I would ”sit“ under a painted tree and imagine the world of the painting. My orientation shifted, I was no longer sitting on the couch, I was under the artfully rendered tree. This was the beginning of a love affair with art.

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  • eon .
    eon .over 4 years ago

    Nice Touches from you IZZy " – ))

  • Thank you Steve.

    – izzybeth

  • Anthony R. Plastino III
    Anthony R. Pla...over 4 years ago

    Cool stuff Beth :D

  • Ahh Tony, my number one. Thank you.

    – izzybeth

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 4 years ago

    Nice, Beth!

  • I am learning a little at a time… Thank you so much Frannie.

    – izzybeth

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleover 4 years ago

    very nice!

  • Thank you so much. glad you like it.

    – izzybeth

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanover 4 years ago

    fabulous drawing!

  • Hi Marion, I am glad you like the drawing. Except it is not my art. I only put color in it. Sorta like a crayon book, but I was learning some rudimentary tricks on PS which is a beast I am learning to tame. I am glad you like it.

    – izzybeth

  • I placed a link to the site that has a bunch of nifty images that are public domain. The link is at the bottom of my artist statement.

    – izzybeth

  • Anthony R. Plastino III
    Anthony R. Pla...over 4 years ago

    As I now read the poem you’ve placed beside this I remember – And it is one of my favorites as well – although I cannot ever remember the author or how it goes…but when I see it I am again reminded! Can’t wait to see you tomorrow love…

  • Love, the author is T.S.Eliot, Silly.

    – izzybeth

  • Anthony R. Plastino III
    Anthony R. Pla...over 4 years ago

    I know I know – its all over the title and everything – but you know what I mean – its always like “Yeah there’s this great poem about like three kings (no it isn’t a limerick) and this great poet… no, not e.e.cummings, but like that you know – and it is just SOOOOOO good…” Yeah – that’s how it always is – until I see it (with the author’s name and its title) and I’m like YEAHHHHH – I LOVE that poem its by … yeah … (looking now at the title) its by that eliot dude! An awesome poet…"

  • ohhh. youare so cute.

    – izzybeth

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work, Beth. Lovely, delicate colouring. And I love this poem too! Congratulations on a well deserved feature. Agnes xx

  • Hello Dear Agnes!!! It is the day after Christmas in this time zone, I want to wish you the best of the new year. I do look forward to seeing and doing lots new work. Love you Lady!!!

    – izzybeth

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 4 years ago

    wonderful work..so well done..it’s gorgeous!!!

  • Thanks so much Catherine. I Hope your Holiday season was peaceful and I hope you were surrounded by your lovely sisters and family!!!

    – izzybeth

  • navybrat
    navybratover 4 years ago

    gorgeoy work izzy!

  • Thanks so much Dear One… Holiday Cheers your way…

    – izzybeth

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