Monday, August 2

Bathing in the Light (an Advent Reflection)

Our host today is Frank Watson of This is the final posting of Advent! For more about Frank, please scroll to the end.

Bathing in the Light

A micropoetry sequence inspired by Isaiah 60, 1-6

though he had
only one book

its withered pages
contained the secrets
he had wandered
for decades to find

lost from his path
the woods were covered in fog

between the trees
between the leaves

he followed a light
that would bring him home

for as the Earth

there is someone
that bathes

in the golden light
of a warming dawn

and above the Earth
we see below

the golden remnants
of God’s reflection

and birds
that rise to heaven
to leave their song behind


גמלאי עיריית טבריה [CC-BY-2.5 via Wikimedia Commons]
גמלאי עיריית טבריה [CC-BY-2.5 via Wikimedia Commons]


Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will appear over you.
Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

Lift up your eyes and look around;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from far away,
and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and rejoice,
because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
A multitude of camels shall cover you,
the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.


The Final Post in the Crystallize Meaning through Creativity: An Advent Event
Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6
Please offer a link to your Advent Reflection using the comments or feel free to leave your thoughts.

About Frank Watson

Frank Watson was born in Venice, California and now lives in New York City. He enjoys literature, art, calligraphy, history, jazz, international culture, and travel. His books include Fragments: poetry, ancient & modern (editor), One Hundred Leaves: a new, annotated translation of the Hyakunin Isshu (editor and translator), and The dVerse Anthology: Voices of Contemporary World Poetry (editor). He is also editor of the monthly journal of poetry and art, Poetry Nook. His work has appeared in Rosebud, Bora, and Prune Juice literary journals and will appear in the upcoming Tarot Poetry anthology, Bright Stars anthology, and Atlas Poetica 17 literary journal. Frank shares his work on his poetry blog ( and his Twitter account (@FollowBlueFlute).

(c) 2013, Frank Watson

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