Day by Day

Jan Richardson   advent

Jan Richardson advent

Day by day
we move further
away from the world
its unspeakable tragedy
its indescribable beauty
its unfathomable folly
Yet from a distance
we are no wiser
day by day

The light
of Advent stars
accentuates the dark
Can love conquer hate?
Can peace vanquish war?
Can joy eradicate tears?
Only for a visionary
viewing the earth
from afar

Up close
we are blinded
by the darkness
Our fears snuff out
the flame of our faith
leaving us to wonder
Where is God
in the midst
of chaos

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place
      in all generations.
 Before the mountains were brought forth
      or ever you had formed the earth
            and the world,
      from everlasting to everlasting
            you are God.” ~ Psalm 90:1-2


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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8 Responses to Day by Day

  1. and there you have the answer…


  2. The answer is living within us as we ignore it. So sad that we cannot “see” it, believe it and learn from it.
    Insightful poem, Peter.


  3. SalvaVenia says:

    Though the flame of light, of life, within the deepest rececces of recesses can never ever be put to shame. And as so far as the question ot the whereabouts of God is concerned, He is near, more near than our jugular vein. We only have to learn and see.

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