Advent Calendar by Rowan Williams

April 30, 2008

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is also a poet. This poem, although a few months late for Advent, really illustrates the traditional connection that Christians have always made between Christ’s first coming and his second coming. Maybe I’ll repost this in December, but I thought that it was extremely powerful.

Advent Calendar

He will come like last leaf’s fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to bone, and earth
wakes choking on the mould,
the soft shroud’s folding.

He will come like frost.
One morning when the shrinking earth
opens on mist, to find itself
arrested in the net
of alien, sword-set beauty.

He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.

He will come, will come,
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like a child.

-Rowan Williams

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