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An Advent Poem

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One of my favorite poets — Luci N. Shaw — writes from the perspective of faith.   Here’s one poem of hers — Made flesh — which speaks of
the wonder of the Incarnation:

the white-hot beam of annunciation
fused heaven with dark earth,
his searing, sharply focused light
went out for a while,
eclipsed in amniotic gloom:
his cool immensity of splendor,
his universal grace,
small-folded in a warm, dim
female space—
the Word stern-sentenced to be
nine months’ dumb—
infinity walled in a womb,
until the next enormity—
the Mighty One, after submission
to a woman’s pains,
helpless on a barn’s bare floor,
first-tasting bitter earth.

I in him surrender
to the crush and cry of birth.
Because eternity
was closeted in time,
he is my open door to forever.
From his imprisonment
my freedoms grow,
find wings. Part of this body,
I transcend this flesh.
From his sweet silence my mouth sings.
Out of his dark I glow.
My life, as his,
slips through death’s mesh,
time’s bars,
joins hands with heaven,
speaks with stars.

“Made flesh,” in Accompanied by Angels: Poems of the Incarnation by Luci Shaw (Eerdmans, 2006).

I made a  translation to Filipino  of this poem, for use during our church’s Advent Service in Lessons and Carols this coming Sunday, 5:30 p.m., at the F.  Benitez Memorial Hall, Magsaysay Avenue cor. Ylanan Road, UP Diliman, Quezon City.  If you want to hear the recitation of the Filipino translation of this poem, or if you want to experience what a Service and Lessons and Carols is all about,  please do join us at this Advent celebration, with  the theme “Let Heaven and Nature Sing!”

And yes, you may even bring your friends! For directions, you may refer to the campus map below (click on the map to enlarge):


Written by Romel

December 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm

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  1. […] the most recent produce of my traitorous mind, my translation of Luci Shaw‘s  Advent poem, Made flesh. I’d like to thank my friend — a great poet of a lawyer — Pambie Herrera, who […]

    memory's sacred domain

    December 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

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