Advent, Day 21

First light and then first lines along the east
To touch and brush a sheen of light on water
As though behind the sky itself they traced

The shift and shimmer of another river
Flowing unbidden from its hidden source;
The Day-Spring, the eternal Prima Vera.

Blake saw it too. Dante and Beatrice
Are bathing in it now, away upstream…
So every trace of light begins a grace

In me, a beckoning. The smallest gleam
Is somehow a beginning and a calling;
"Sleeper awake, the darkness was a dream

For you will see the Dayspring at your waking,
Beyond your long last line the dawn is breaking."

Words: "O Oriens" by Malcolm Guite
Image: Estuary by Roger Hutchison
Thanks to Diane Walker who introduced me to the poetry of Malcolm Guite.

1 comment:

the green man said...

Its good to see this poem of mine matched to such an excellent painting