Vigils

By Middleton, David | First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, February 2016 | Go to article overview

Vigils


Middleton, David, First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life


January 6, Epiphany and the first day of Mardi Gras,

in the year of Our Lord 2015

The quiet alone is holy and enough

So long as night still darkens into dawn

And fallen starlight rises from a lawn

Whose snowflakes twinkle deep in matter's stuff.

And on this night when hope and fear grew calm

The Wise Men knelt where Child and Mother were

With gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh

For king and god, for soul and body's balm.

And as the words of Matthew draw me in

Once more to where the heart and mind are one

Though history and myth have come undone

In these late days when faith itself is sin

I think how many winters just the same

Revels of music, food, drink, dance, and sex

Have ruled with Orpheus, Cornus, Bacchus, Rex-

Those passing kings great crowds loudly acclaim. …

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