“A new star heralds”

A new star heralds the Morning Star’s birth;
Wise men worship the infant Wisdom.
Lovers of darkness strive against the dawn
And, blinking blearily, curse the light
As glory rises to illumine all—
And all is uncovered, all laid bare;
Let those who stumbled in the night rejoice
And set aside the deeds they did in darkness.

I wrote this over the past few days so as to have a poem fitting the season that began this week. (See also Saturday’s prose meditation.) It’s definitely out of my “comfort zone” as far as meter and form are concerned—a few lines edged toward alliterative verse in the development—but we’ll probably return to my usual blank verse next week..

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6 thoughts on ““A new star heralds”

  1. It is a bit of a different style, but I like it. It’s short and fairly simple, but there’s depth to it. I think the lines metaphorically comparing the dawning of the star to the coming of spiritual light are the best. If anything, it’s just the last line that feels out of rhythm.

    • From that reaction … (Thinking out loud here …) It’s possible that I was a little too simple. (?) I wasn’t trying to develop any new imagery, but rather to condense what I find in the usual Epiphany texts (and perhaps liturgy, since the two can run together in my back-brain) into a suitably dense bit of verse. The one bit that I’m fairly certain I like is the juxtaposition/parallelism in the first couple of lines (which may have been all you meant); there’s good precedent in both my own work and in the history of English poetry more generally for gradually widening sentence structure as I do in the next lines, but you’re quite right that the last line is the weakest—I think because it’s the one line in a “normal” regular meter, while the rest is a lot closer to alliterative verse than I usually do.

      Thank you for reading, and dropping in to comment … I have some idea how busy you are!

  2. I’m usually not very big into poetry (one of the reasons I don’t usually comment on yours), but this one caught my fancy for some reason. The imagery is stunning!

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