Wednesday, December 25, 2013

White Christmas

Christmas morning sparkles 
white - the early light 
shines in eucalyptus crowns.

Christmas in Exodus


Christmas in Exodus
Ancient Israel’s priestly garments are described in Exodus 39


How like a Christmas tree
the costume Moses made
for Aaron and his kin
resplendent top to end
with "Holy to the Lord".

Decorated bright
four rows of coloured lights
aflame with amethyst and beryl.
By emerald and by sapphire see
a lace of golden filigree.

Long strands of scarlet twist
wound round are streamers
blue and purple dyed, above
where pomegranate baubles hang
with tinkling bells beside.

Attached where chains of gold
on branching epaulets
are onyx lit, are text engraved
with names of twelve boys born
in ancient times to father Israel.

Sons and the sons of sons
shouldered as aleph ox is yoked
like servant King who bears the load
both priest and sacrifice for comers late
fresh grafted to the tree of life.

Atop the tree a turban star blooms 
from a gilded crown that signs afar 
oh holy night, the Lord has come.
Rejoice, rejoice you grafted men
come see your Maker near the inn.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Table


Our dining table is
five Celery Top Pine planks rubbed
with Danish oil to a hard finish
where sit two queens of Narnia
ages three and four
arrayed in op shop glory
at the feast of Kingdom Come.

From where I sit I see
the table’s end grain
in tight rings, calligraphy
serving sylvan poetry, line by line
a lyric for each passing year.

Years before I fitted them with legs
these five planks were a door
hung in our house
where passed in and out
two kings of Narnia
ages three and six
a door left always open
like the messianic portal
until, at last, the feast is set.

Long before I hung the door in place
with cross brace 
like the letter χ for Christ
it was a forest seed
ascending year by patient year
to toss at last a leafy crown
above the canopy.

Stellar the trajectory
from first awakened seed
to prince among trees
whose heart rings 
with an echo
in the canopy of stars
fractal of
galactic growth rings receding
outward by years
measured in speeding light
back and back
to singularity.
To seed of seeds.