The High Calling has posted a call for Christmas Verse. I've written and re-written and re-re-written this poem, so I hope it works. Just today I chopped off the opening third of the poem, and I think it's more powerful as a result. Let me know what you think....
By the way, I'll be reading my poem "abiding" this Sunday at Lake Murray Community Church as part of the church-wide Christmas program. Wish me luck...and a clear, unhurried reading voice.
I want the earth to halt--
to stop its dizzying rotation,
just for the essential moment
so that I can truly see,
can wholly grasp
the magnitude of this Gift we celebrate:
a squalling infant laid
into a rude feeding trough
by a young woman
(a girl really)
pale with her pain and exhaustion,
amongst sheep and cattle whose
stench rises warm and wet
into star-strewn night.
this moment seems a simple tableau,
a most common event,
as she rocks history into the world.
then the earth may regain its motion
as long as this image remains:
salvation searing slow and soul-deep.
Copyright 2010 by Susanne Barrett
So this simple image, almost a cliche, rocked the world. It's so world-rocking...so world-rocking.
Living in a God-rocked world with you,