scriven starlight

they gathered round the firelight speaking in hushed reverence of the glorious weaver of galaxies bearded men and serious scholars steeped in religious mysteries masters of divinities and i? a lowly scribe listening on the outskirts of conversation soaking up in silence the recounted wisdom of centuries then there he was in their midst little…

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Emmanuel

there are too many thoughts in my head they clamor for attention and absorb me until i walk dream-bound, haze-shrouded seeing only shadows beyond my walls so i drove through the fog this morning mist mysteriously cloaking the world as i sang minor-key remembrances of Your coming. i wandered between joy and sadness, among gladness…

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a song in the night

little silent one a father’s-foot-long swimming alone in the darkness of your private ocean you kick your legs clasp, unclasp your hands exploring quietly the dim waters you inhabit rocked to sleep by womb-waves as your mother walks the dusty roads around her home marveling at the miracle she carries within then a voice calls…

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bitter sweetness

each year i look at the empty space next to me and think maybe, maybe at this year’s end it will be filled and the hand hidden in too-long sweater sleeves will be out in the open and held but each Christmas comes and that place is still empty so i think maybe next year…

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annunciation

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.  And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one,the Lord is with you!”  But she was greatly troubled at the saying,…

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