Here’s a sonnet written this morning while watching the snow fall and meditating on the Magi’s visit to the Christ child which is remembered on Epiphany. It was a lovely morning.
I have been taken with T.S. Elliot’s “Journey of the Magi” which you may read here, and you’ll be able to recognize its influence in this sonnet.
You may listen to me read the sonnet via the player below.
It was worse for them, a cold coming
Through the weary winter waste wandering,
The camels and men grumbling and running
Away from their errand, a magi’s mission found’ring.
And in the dark no less, this hard going
After some sacred celestial shining
Into the west, against the blowing
Snow to arrive, rest, to reality aligning.
Eon’s later I watch this Epiphany’s snowing;
Now past, our Christmas carols singing;
To wait for spring? It’ll be hard going
To body forth through this winter’s keening.
But hard as it was, to home they arrived kneeling
Before Him who coming homeless, be-came for our healing.
© Randy Edwards 2017.
artwork: Gustav Dore
This sonnet is for Christ’s church. If it is helpful, please feel free to copy or reprint in church bulletins, read aloud, or repost. I only ask that an attribution be cited to myself (Randall Edwards) and this blog (backwardmutters.com). Thanks.