michael oliver

Rookie - 96 Points (13-4-1948 / swansea)

Latin 'Arrival'


Before a prophet comes
- things look different
They dress in apology
- and an uncertainty
touched by their time
of static days
And silent trees watching
- the waiting stars

The spring of entirety
- the garden's delight
Of green names grown
- flowered with creation
Until a fruit encountered
- from another garden
Set the cycle afresh
- though waiting stars

An infinity pushed aside
- by the rational
And passion's necessary eclipse
- the remains eternal
A world so muddled
- by never being
Moving round the augury
- of waiting stars

Here in mid winter
- as grey days
Accents the solstice stillness
- I walk home
The limited self consoled
- lighting a candle
A night sky explained
- of waiting stars

Submitted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
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This poem has been lying in wait ever since I did a seminar a few weeks ago about the Christian season of Advent.

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