Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Advent (deep calls to deep)

Advent  (deep calls to deep)

Deep calls to deep
the imprint of God upon the ghost of spirit,
a watermark in virgin paper,
a tincture of a whisper
from creation’s nativity.
We too bring gifts to the child –
the twisted gold tinsel
crown for a king,
fragrant candle
for a deity,
the romantic fairytale
an antiseptic for reality.
This is a death and entrance,
a lower case alpha and omega,
the bracketed phrase
in the sentence of eternity.
This is no stable
mucked out and sterile
but God among
the droppings
of mankind.

from 'Advent Oddessy' my book of Christmas related poetry 

Monday, 2 November 2015

A broken vessel

A broken vessel.

Made whole
these are not the scars of damage
but the rejoice of healing,
golden veins of repair -
the signature of God exposed.

Changed yet unchanged
the past is celebrated,
history revealed,
identity retained.

The beauty of the broken -
more valuable in restoration,
more beautiful
for being broken.

Kintsugi, the Japanese art of mending broken pottery by filling the cracks with amalgam mixed with powdered gold.    Kintsugi  is translated as “golden joinery.”