The nativity play's at school today. We must be there on time!
Our teacher told us yesterday: 'I want you here by nine!'
There are such a lot of costumes and some tea-towels on display.
The Virgin Mary looks enchanting for today’s her special day.
Come and look at Baby Jesus. See, he’s like my doll at home.
There’s an angel in the corner texting on his mobile phone.
Charlie Foster has been chosen – he’s a wise man yet again -
But he usually forgets his words for wisdom’s such a strain.
Sophie Newton is an angel wrapped in her mother’s sheet.
The heavenly host look nervous but they’re also rather sweet.
Look, poor Joseph seems a little shy – he's skulking round the back.
No, he’s hiding with the shepherd boys who're sharing out a snack.
Now the inn-keeper and wife are here and it’s almost time to start.
They’ve brought a little donkey too who seems to know his part.
See, the curtain’s slowly rising now upon a tranquil scene
With three shepherds sitting in a row, their toy sheep in between.
Angel Gabriel appears now wearing lovely golden wings.
When he’s said his piece, the angels come and everybody sings.
The shepherds don’t seem interested. They’re looking out for ‘Mum’
And one’s doing what he shouldn’t do – he’s eating chewing-gum.
This scene quite quickly changes and we’re in the stable, warm.
Look! Mary’s sitting by the crib and Jesus has been born.
The shepherd boys come on the stage and all is going fine,
But it’s sad to see that Joseph still is struggling with his lines.
The three wise men have now arrived but one is in disgrace.
The problem’s that his golden crown has slipped upon his face.
Charlie Foster’s doing really well – he’s kneeling on the floor -
And Baby Jesus goes on sleeping in what seems to be a drawer.
Our Christmas play is over now. We’ve pleased our mums and dads
And the teachers all look happy so I guess it wasn’t bad.
Our headmaster thanks us one and all. Up goes a heartfelt cheer.
Thank God indeed for Christmas which just comes but once a year.
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Yes, you're right. This was one of the 400 poems chosen by teachers/children and published in 2010 by AMS. It would make a wonderful Christmas performance and I'd love to skype in to see it at your school. Josie