Each day this week, I’ll be sharing from a series of five Advent poems I wrote for John Knox Presbyterian Church in Seattle. I hope they will bless you as you prepare for the coming of Christmas.



“For Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall rise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee, and the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.”
-Handel’s Messiah (from Isaiah, chapter 60)

“Immensity, cloister’d in thy dear womb, / Now leaves His well-beloved imprisonment.”
-John Donne “La Corona”


We are all some mother’s child,
all born through great pain,

then a flood of release, an unbearable empty.
I sang a broken song, a wail of psalm

until you came. We were cold, alone,
this man who will raise you, and I.

No mother, no midwife, one blanket,
a borrowed pot of water on the fire.

Did I not expect you would cry with me,
you who had willed that all infants cry?

Did I not expect you would need me,
your body suddenly cold, craving my skin?

You bobbed your head along my chest
in search of milk: ordinary, human.

Where were the trumpets, where the showering
of gold? We three were hushed in the dark,

my blood trickling to the ground, my husband’s silent tears,
your infant body learning to swallow.

And in this, somehow, Glory.
My God, you deserve more than the two of us,

torn open and shivering with you in the dark.

© Micha Boyett Hohorst, 2010. All rights reserved. Please do not reprint or post without attribution.


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10 responses to “Darkness

  1. Sam

    Incredible. Oh, Micha. I am going to want a copy of these poems to keep forever…

  2. Jingle

    powerful ending…

    very aptly expressed emotions…

    you have got talent here, welcome to attend poets rally week 35, where you share your poetry and make new poetic friends…poetry awards are assigned upon completion.

    let me know when you are ready.
    Merry Christmas…
    keep writing…

  3. A beautiful poem, truely it shows The Lords greatness. The Lord be with your spirit and God’s grace with you.
    The Lonely Recluse.

  4. Thanks to all of you for your kindness. I really have felt so encouraged by your responses this week. Much appreciated.

  5. Ben

    Great poem. The best part is that it’s not filled with grandeur or how beautiful a birth in a stable was. Your poem illuminates the dirt and grime God put himself through. He was human.


  6. a strong emotion describes by even stronger words!!

    great poem!

  7. L

    While reading this, my thoughts jumped between envisioning you with your husband holding your child and the birth of Jesus. It was a nice experience.

  8. do visit me and take a look at poets rally stuff…

    your talent deserves better attention,

    hope to see you soon.

  9. Haley

    Even though I had read it before, this poem still blew me away yesterday! So grateful you are sharing the gifts God gave you.

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