For the First Week of Advent
The pilgrimage of Advent has begun. With four weeks to once again make our way to Bethlehem, we enter this holy season full of waiting and wonder. Here's some of my artwork and poetry inspired by this first week on the journey.
"In Hope of Love's Returning"
earth’s axis tilts and daylight leans
with shadows long and sweeping
toward 14 hours of night
colors of golden gratitude turned
from fall’s final flourishing
to fields in fallow waiting
heron blue, bleached bone and umber
the earth a well-worn patchwork
sleeps once more
in hope of spring’s returning
without, as darkness yawns
all creation waits
with bated breath
as holy time begins again, within
20 days 'til birth
dusty souls in need of sweeping
build highways to the heart of hearts
behold! a rose springs forth
in barren land
make room again for Love’s returning
sowing wonder, planting beauty
let cathedrals bloom with every footfall
begin again the work of letting go. . .
of 'let it be'. . .
the bearer of God
keep watch! stay awake! prepare!
a new creation