ADVENT CYCLE: POEM-PRAYERS
Advent Prayer: Sunday, the 29th of November
O Glittering Silence, as the sun abandons us for
shorter days of grey, as violence, thought or wreaked, hangs
in the stinging air, we enter near-snowy darkness,
cleave for holiday radiators, expecting something greater
to be born to us―from within the Womb of Earth.
O, let us go inward, let us be ready to face each other,
ready to receive and shape the Edge-of-Sun Hope, breaking-
into scant Bethlehems, both within us and in the streets,
across the heavy city.
Advent Prayer: Sunday, the 6th of December
O Way-Out-of-No-Way, our bodies are heavy;
the weight of violence is again upon us.
Whether we are lulled by the saccharine of holidays
with its flash-bulb triumph,
or left to touch the suffering of loneliness,
we cannot bear our own humanity--
Help us to know You are closer to the clockworks
of pregnancy--the ripening pain of it-- than the
expedient trigger of steel, the quick-click of the algorithm;
Help us to know and carry whatever
is Young and Living within us, the black earth mixing-into
moon-color slush: the green-scent of the New.