Monday, December 14, 2009

In Mary-Darkness

In Mary-Darkness
by Jessica Powers

I live my Advent in the womb of Mary

And on one night when a great star swings free
From its high mooring and walks down the sky
To be the dot above the Christus i,
I shall be born of her by blessed grace.
I wait in Mary-darkness, faith's walled place,
With hope's expectance of nativity.
I knew for long she carried me and fed me,
Guarded and loved me, though I could not see,
But only now, with inward jubilee,
I come upon earth's most amazing knowledge:
Someone is hidden in this dark with me.

Thanks to Eileen Barbella, who read this poem at the retreat I led in Dallas.

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