The Christmas season’s lethargy,
The fruit of food, and fellowship,
Of many books, and cozy warmth
Cocooned against the winter’s chill,
Has lingered more than long enough.
The time has come, and almost passed,
To hear and heed the gospel call:
Time to awaken and arise,
To do the work each new day brings,
To, ready in alertness, take
Each new adventure God will send.
For night is over; light has dawned—
God’s glory shining, manifest
Among all peoples of the earth—
So let us therefore rise and stand.

This Monday was Epiphany, and I wanted to at least post a seasonal poem to mark the occasion, especially since I didn’t finish the poem I was working on last week in time to post it that Friday. So I wrote this over the past few days. This is also fruit of my continuing experimentation with meters other than my more usual blank verse. It’s not my first poem for this holiday and season of the Church year; three such previous poems are Epiphany, Dawn, and “A new star heralds”.

As always, I earnestly welcome your comments, suggestions, questions, critique, or other feedback about this or any other part of my work. If you liked this, you can follow this blog, which includes one of my poems every Friday, or read other poems I’ve written here on my blog (starting with those linked from one of the “archive” installments, since the full archive is by now, at over two hundred poems, somewhat daunting); I’d especially like to know, as part of my preparations for a collection, which poems you think are my best. You may also share it with others, subject to my sharing policy.

This is also archived on my wiki.


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