Joseph the Carpenter (Poem by Luci Shaw)

Joseph the Carpenter (Poem by Luci Shaw)
Joseph the Carpenter poem Luci Shaw Joseph (mixed media) by Polly Castor

Joseph the Carpenter

Who has not considered Mary
And who her praise would dim,
But what of humble Joseph
Is there no song for him?
If Joseph had not driven
Straight nails through honest wood
If Joseph had not cherished
His Mary as he should;
If Joseph had not proved him
A sire both kind and wise
Would he have drawn with favor
The Child’s all-probing eyes?
Would Christ have prayed, ‘Our Father’
Or cried that name in death
Unless he first had honored
Joseph of Nazareth ?

by Luci Shaw

Rough Hewn (pastel) by Polly Castor
I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Gillian 1 year ago

    Thank you Polly – that’s v precious.
    Warmest wishes to you, yours and all who share your desire to amplify good, for peace, joy, wonder, and a sparkling Christmas!
    With love Gillian

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      Polly Castor 1 year ago

      Thank you. Same to you!

  2. Anne Taylor 1 year ago

    I love this!! Such beautiful points. Thank you for sharing this!! Love your art too!!

  3. Dilys 1 year ago

    Polly, I echo Gillian’s words! She and I have been considering Joseph’s wonderful support of Mary, this week, while studying the Bible lesson. This poem sums it up beautifully! Thanks for sharing. Have a joyful Christmas celebration. With love x

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      Polly Castor 1 year ago

      All best wishes back at you too!

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