WE SEE SO LITTLE, STAYED ON SURFACES

We see so little, stayed on surfaces,

We calculate the outsides of all things,

Preoccupied with our own purposes

We miss the shimmer of the angels’ wings.

They coruscate around us in their joy,

A swirl of wheels and eyes and wings unfurled;

They guard the good we purpose to destroy,

A hidden blaze of glory in God’s world.

But on this day a young girl stopped to see

With open eyes and heart. She heard the voice-

The promise of His glory yet to be

As time stood still for her to make a choice.

Gabriel knelt and not a feather stirred.

The Word himself was waiting on her word.

‘The The The ‘Annunciation’, a sonnet by Malcolm Guite
Painting by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1898

A very happy Christmas to one and all!

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2 thoughts on “WE SEE SO LITTLE, STAYED ON SURFACES

    1. Many thanks. We’re with our second daughter and her two little children, and our son, until after Christmas, then we go home in time for our eldest daughter arriving with her family for a few days.

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