Saturday, December 23, 2006

A very blessed Christmas to you all and, whether you celebrate the religious aspect of this part of the year or not, I hope that the year ahead will be a joy filled and peaceful one for everyone.

The incumbent Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is also a poet, and in keeping with the season, I offer you this poem of his:


He will come like last leaf's fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to bone, and earth
wakes choking on the mould,
the soft shroud's folding.

He will come like frost.
One morning when the shrinking earth
opens on mist, to find itself
arrested in the net
of alien, sword-set beauty.

He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.

He will come, will come,
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like child.
From LIGHT UNLOCKED: Christmas Card Poems edited by Kevin Crossley-Holland and Lawrence Sail.

Back on the 27th.



Anonymous Maxine said...

What a beautiful, haunting poem. A very happy Christmas to you, Equiano. Look forward to seeing you again when you are back online.

2:55 pm  
Anonymous Ann said...

Happy Christmas, Equiano.

10:21 am  
Blogger Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

Hope you have a wonderfully bookish holiday!


8:27 pm  
Blogger Ex Libris said...

Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

4:52 pm  
Blogger equiano said...

Thank you all, and to you too! We stayed with a clergy friend, cooked up a storm, attended the nine lessons and carols, midnight mass and other lovely services of the season.

Also spent several days with the giri's extended family (50 or so people) celebrating Christmas hindu-style, ie. as a cultural experience rather than a religious one. So I've had a warm and friendly mixture of both secular and religious celebrations this Christmas.

10:24 am  

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