Advent 23: In Darkness

…he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.(Psalm 143:3 KJV) One Christmas,my brother and I sleeping onfold-out beds in our grandparents’ living room,I found myself awakewell past the usual hour, andmy thoughts like the room plungedin obsessive black, savefor a red electric glow from someunidentified source, I knewContinue reading “Advent 23: In Darkness”

Second Candle: Advent is Slowing

One candle grows short, a second descends, And three others wait for the rising of light. Wicks burn down and dwindle, yet hope still appends The longing of prayers in the slow Advent night. In the day, though the shouting of sun may shut out The lamenting of captives, yet watch in the night, ForContinue reading “Second Candle: Advent is Slowing”

First Candle: Advent is Waiting

Advent is not simply Christmas extended: Calendar flaps decked with chocolate each day; Shops tinsel-lined as though God intended The season to dazzle our wallets away. Advent is not for the first-fruits of commerce, Nor is it for month-long pre-parties and drinks, And not for fluoro-lit reindeers dispersed In gardens, despite what the suburbs mayContinue reading “First Candle: Advent is Waiting”

Last Light: For the Winter Solstice

On the shortest day, I walked down to             the garden where, stretched out across                         the grass, the out-turned                                     fingers of                         peace received                                     theContinue reading “Last Light: For the Winter Solstice”

Number Nine

  Carlton kept in darkness slept,             The streetlights out, the roadside swept With rain that afternoon and feet             Bewildered by the night.   The city never sleeps, they say,             And anxious souls in search of day Pit-pattered while inside the homes             Smart-phones took place of light.   Commerce halted, leisure paused,Continue reading “Number Nine”

Bursting Dimensions

If you really believe, then the day and the dull of its light won’t confine the dimensions of sight; you may look through the night and see there the promise of Life. Do you really believe? On your way through the frontiers of darkness and time, you may feel all your might leak out intoContinue reading “Bursting Dimensions”