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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

2nd December

  There are 23 days until Christmas

 

Advent Calendar

By Rowan Williams

 
                                         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 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.