Advent III: On Righteousness & Praise

Jan Richardson

Jan Richardson

The winter garden
lies buried under the snow
A mercy for what lives in the dark
so cold but not yet frozen
tender living shoots
      Vengeful seeds planted in anger
      Wholesome seeds planted by grace

The day is coming
when what we’ve planted
breaks forth from the cold ground
merciless seeds in poison
the merciful in praise
      The child will plant the flower
      Grown men the weapons of war

“If I were alone in a desert
      and feeling afraid,
I would want a child to be with me.
For then my fear would disappear
      and I would be made strong.
This is what life in itself can do
because it is so noble, so full of pleasure
      and so powerful.” ~ Meister Eckhart


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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2 Responses to Advent III: On Righteousness & Praise

  1. inspirational – love to you and yours


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