Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone. Life has been getting in the way of poetry lately, and my goal for the new year is to figure out how to intertwine the two again. In the meantime, here's a new poem and I've reposted my Christmas poem from last year in the next post down. I wish you and yours the happiest of holidays.


A single point in human time
A single lantern in the sky

The slow and anxious advent
The now and then and have and not
The want and need and pride and shame

The happy, necessary fault
The joy of ransom and release
The ache, the salve, the yearn, the claim

The soul’s mind into knowing
The intersection of ask and answer
The ancient breath, the newborn name

The Night Before

The desert floor cracks and yearns

Somewhere in one grain of sand

The memory of what was lost stirs

And launches itself into the thirsty wind

Men shift in their mournful sleep,

Turn their dark, dusty faces

And breathe their brokenness out

To a bright and insistent star

While slumbering women cradle

Their arms to their aching breasts,

Feel the heavy night contract and push,

Sense the cresting of a tide

And the crowning of All That Is

Bear down on a pregnant sky

1 comment:

  1. I love them both, Erin. So good to see you back in Blogworld again! A very merry Christmas to you and your family!