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1st December - Like crying in the night

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Advent Calendar

He will come like last leaf’s fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to the 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 to 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

Previously I have used the first verse of Betjeman's *Advent 1955* which I love but this time I've posted *Advent Calendar* to honour the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury. Happy Advent mobloggers : - )

Posted by Twiglet

1st Dec 2012, 06:50  

Happy advent to you too Twiglet :)

1st Dec 2012, 12:33

Viv says:

Lovely subtle picture. Thanks for starting us off so beautifully again.

1st Dec 2012, 13:59

Gael says:

No idea he wrote poetry. Powerful stuff, thank you

1st Dec 2012, 14:04

Craft says:

Love it x

Faved : - )

1st Dec 2012, 17:24

Spiderbaby says:

I never knew he wrote poetry either. Totally wasted as an archbishop! :)
Lovely start to the season.

1st Dec 2012, 18:40

taniwha says:

Wonderful and vivid start.

1st Dec 2012, 18:42

Twiglet says:

Thank you people : - ) Winter wishes to you. My Twisted sister knows someone who knows the poetry writing Archbishop of Canterbury and according to him he really is a good bloke.

Powerful stuff indeed Gael, particularly those last few lines : - )

2nd Dec 2012, 08:26

crickson says:

Ooo - it's a good start to the calendar this year! Still don't feel ready for it!

2nd Dec 2012, 09:45

CandyMan says:

Excellent! I heard him reading this on R4 last Christmas : - )

2nd Dec 2012, 19:22

Dania says:

A great start indeed! Lovely.

2nd Dec 2012, 23:42

mysteritmo says:

Nice shot and a great start :)

3rd Dec 2012, 09:01

jc1000000 says:

Wooo! It's back! Love that shot too.

3rd Dec 2012, 15:46

MaggieD says:

away for the weekend so missed this ..... lovely start

3rd Dec 2012, 18:16

Twiglet says:

Thanks people! I ♥ the Advent calendar : - )

3rd Dec 2012, 19:12

Dhamaka says:

gorgeous shot - lovely opening :)

6th Dec 2012, 19:17

rhys says:

Merry Christmas, Twiglet!

24th Dec 2012, 11:03

Twiglet says:

Cheers Dhamaka and rhys! Hope you had a good time x

27th Dec 2012, 20:34