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A New Year’s poem

This is from my friend, Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, and was published in Christian Century, January 8, 2013. Happy New Year!


The year begins & Christ hides hushed

                                                            in the brambles and in the brush,

                                                            in the long shadows on the long street,

                                                            in the creases of the faces that I greet.

                                                            Dryad of my back yard,

                                                            Apollo of my morning,

                                                            bell tones hefted heavenward,

                                                            musk of hardwood burning,

                                                            my wild hand that guides the pen,

                                                            my tame heart that wilds when

                                                            all cries Christ! and Christ! again.

                                                            O beauty, O fast friend,

                                                            your touch upon my parchment skin,

                                                            youngs it new.  The year begins.

About Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I am a pastor and a preacher, a writer, a husband and a father. My professional and personal lives are deeply involved with story-telling: stories that are silly and poignant or profound and commonplace. Stories that are tear-jerkers and belly-shakers. Stories about my son, Sam, and the congregation I serve, New Dublin Presbyterian Church. Each in its own way, these personal narratives shed light on the great story that God is writing with humankind and all of creation.


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