There Was No Donkey – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo:  – a Classic Royal Enfield

There Was No Donkey

They set off from Nazareth
where love always hurts,
and it did because Mary was pregnant
and not yet married,
it was complicated,
as life always is,
but tongues wagged nonetheless.
The overlords were holding a census,
typical bureaucrats,
and so to Bethlehem they were headed
to be registered.
But there was no donkey,
cept on Christmas cards,
as poetic licensing can do.
No, this child to be,
of royal blood,
deserved a true steed,
so Joseph kick-started
an Enfield so Royal,
they made it to the inn by supper,
and all were in awe,
even the angels.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under Free Verse, history, poem, religion

44 responses to “There Was No Donkey – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Nice story for a nice motorbike!

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  2. yea for Joseph, he got something right 😉

    Great take on the traditional version … I wouldn’t be game …

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  3. Hélène Vaillant

    Splendid poem, yea for Joseph!

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  4. BITCHIN’ Christmas story!

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  5. I love your flippin the script. The visual of it is delightful. I imagine them in road leather. “Said Sweet Mary, to Joseph, that’s a fine motor bike…..”

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  6. Very clever, Paul! 🙂
    There is a neighbor who lives near to us — across the street, really — who always puts out a nativity scene in his front yard every Christmas. He, ironically, is a very mean, cruel man who, for example, said that, if his own dog gets his car’s way as he is driving, he’ll run it over and just get another dog.

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  7. Great twist of the story!

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  8. Priceless! The image of “so Joseph kick-started an Enfield so Royal”! lol

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  9. Great update of the Christmas Story!! You cracked me up!! Loved it!

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  10. I really loved the way you opened this.

    Great piece!

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  11. An interesting take on this one!

    Liked by 1 person

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