Advent

We hung our stockings up so carefully –
wrote notes explaining we were good:
recycling. Cutting down on meat.

We put fresh bedding in the crib,
we put up lights and everything,
pinned angels to the sky,

cut down a tree. Lit candles.
Sat round the fire and talked
about the price of wool.

We watched the skies – saw
satellites slicing through the night,
singing their messages of joy –

we wrapped up gifts: gold-plated,
sweet flavoured,, heavy with scent –
and waited to be rescued.

Still no one comes.

An Advent poem for Brendan at earthweal.

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24 thoughts on “Advent

    • Ok, well, this is not really my area of expertise, but: the four Sundays leading up to Christmas are the four Sundays of advent, and there are special aspects to Church services. The priest/vicar wears purple robes (this is quite “high” – Roman Catholic, or Church of England) -as they do in Lent – the purple is about penance and sacrifice. A candle is lit at each service, so by the end there are 4 candles (we might have stolen that idea????). So the church Advent can start in November (it did this year). However, for us more secular types is just part of the build up to Christmas. You can get Advent candles that you burn a little of each day, and Advent calendars – with doors with little pictures behind them, or chocolate nowadays. I think my daughter has at least 3 chocolate calendars, whereas we have a rather lovely picture one. I think traditionally there was daily prayer and fasting (though Christian fasting basically means no meat, so it’s not like Muslim fasting)

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  1. Very sharp translation of Emmanuel to the present moment, one made heavier still by all the miasmas of pandemic and climate change. Who can save us from all of this? Only ourselves, of course. And like Thomas Friedman said, we all want in on heaven but no one wants to die.

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  2. Sarah — May the joy of the season fill your heart here at the closing if the year 2021, and may peace abide in 2022. This is a most difficult time for our planet earth, and a time of turmoil for its peoples. May 2022 begin the way back! ✌🏼❤️🌎

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