HE WILL COME LIKE LAST LEAF’S FALL
Karen Webb posted this in ‘Contemplative Druidry’. It seemed like a natural contribution for passing on.
“This poem moved me to tears. We rarely speak of the Midwinter Born Child, though he or she appears in so many myths. Christianity is but one of those storylines. This is from Rowan Williams, a true Bard if ever I met one. And something to contemplate…
“He will come like last leaf’s fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to bone, and earth
“wakes choking on the mould,
the soft shroud’s folding.
“He will come like the frost.
One morning when the shrinking earth
opens on mist, to find itself
arrested in the net
of alien, sword-set beauty.
“He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.
“He will come, will come,
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like child.”