Let the Stable Still Astonish

NativitySm2 ____Let the stable still astonish:
Straw — dirt floor, dull eyes,
____ D
usty flanks of donkeys, oxen;
____ Crumbling, crooked wall;
____ No bed to carry that pain,
__     And then, the child, rag-wrapped,
laid to cry in a trough.

Who would have chosen this?
Who would have said:   “Yes,
Let the God of all the heavens and earth
Be born here — in this place?”

Who but the same God
Who stands in the darker, fouler rooms
Of our hearts
And says, “Yes,
Let the God of Heaven and Earth
Be born here —
_____ in this place.”

Leslie Leyland Fields