Advent: the world turned upside down

An unusual revolution begins

with the consent of an ordinary teenage girl.

Her simple defiant submission

disruptive of our very world order.

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An international movement begins

with the splitting of an ovum

silent and imperceptible

that will divide the whole of time

into BC and after.

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A new world order begins

with the tentative journey

of a non-noble couple

relegated to a stable

who host among the humble

the greatest of Kings.

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Rite of Passage

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Rite of Passage (Durham 2017)

There are still some things only life can let you know

Time is a classroom with no conferring

In the cloisters, the ghosts of Celtic saints have worn the floor

Adulthood is the painful art of letting go

The bridge is a widened gate to self-improvement

To towers of learning established above the trees

Where centuries of earnest minds have pushed the doors

Time is a classroom with no conferring

Place is the settled form and bend in the river’s flow

Adulthood is the painful art of letting go

Rowers learnt to sculpt and steer the current’s turning

There are still some things only life can let you know.

The beech trees are shedding this year’s brittle mast

Striking the shaded paths around the river’s course

There are still some things only life can let you know

Love is the painful art of letting go.

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