Saturday, December 23, 2023

Advent 2023: Day 21 O Emmanuel


Image: a railway platform with the words MIND THE GAP painted for the benefit of those alighting from the train, so that the letters are upside-down from the perspective of those waiting to board the train.


Now is the season for journeys home by train
(it has been too long)
O come, all you sons and
daughters, come on home
carried from every compass bearing
gifts, now is the time
of your rejoicing
born again in arms of mothers, fathers,
hugs of siblings, embrace of lovers.
Do not delay.
All awaits you.


Passengers a-lighting,
please mind the gap
between the kingdom come among us
in the life you have been given
and the chill dread that it lies
beyond our reach.


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