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Song for a Saint
Jayne Jaudon Ferrer


Hail to Lucia,
the virgin of light
who comes bearing hope
on this dark winter's night,
illumined by candles enwreathed
in her hair, a shimmering vision,
so pure and so fair.

This daughter of God sought
to serve and to save;
her mission of mercy
no knave could dissuade.
Surrounded by star boys,
she brightens the world--
miraculous one
who, when violence unfurled,
stood fast in its path,
demonstrating blind faith,
her dauntless heart housed
in a soul, not a wraith.

Lucia of Sicily, servant of heaven,
whose unfailing courage and kindness
did leaven the sins of the world
with love selfless and rare
For you, Saint Lucia, we offer a prayer
of praise and thanksgiving,
and then let us say,
Come bring us nourishment!
Come, light our way!


© 2009 by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer
Used with the author's permission.


Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is the author of five books of poetry, a nonfiction book about games, and a novel, Hayley and the Hot Flashes. Jayne created in 2009 to share the pleasure and diversity of poetry. A former copywriter, magazine editor, newspaper columnist, and freelance journalist, her work has appeared in hundreds of publications. When not writing or reading, Jayne enjoys music, old movies, gardening, hiking, and good conversation. A native Floridian, she has lived in Greenville, South Carolina, for almost 30 years. Learn more about her at




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Jean :D:
This is a very lovely, DELIGHTFUL poem, I've not come across something so nice about St. Lucia. Thanks for your "Christmas gift" to us! Jean :D
Posted 12/13/2014 09:12 AM
Larry Schug:
This a very skillfully rhymed poem, not forced and not sing-song. As always, it's all about light. Just ask Rudolfo Anaya.
Posted 12/13/2014 08:01 AM
I love this poem. I especially like the appearance of free verse but then the pleasant surprise of rhyme and rhythm embedded within. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Posted 12/13/2014 05:44 AM
I love traditions. Enjoyed your poem. Have a locvely Christmas.
Posted 12/13/2014 04:56 AM
Makes me miss all those beautiful old traditions like processions, the legends, stories about saints. Loved reading this poem, and the photo is lovely. Doris Bezio
Posted 12/12/2014 11:44 PM
A delightful poem that brightens everyone's day in this Advent season.
Posted 12/12/2014 11:17 PM

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