Advent Sonnet 1: Silence
The season of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas, is a time for reflection and meditation, made quite a bit more difficult by all the other things competing for our time and attention on the lead-in to the Christmas season.
I manage to avoid a certain degree of the ‘noise’ by staying out of shopping malls as much as possible, but even so I find that I am distracted by other things: the weight of work at the end of the college semester, travel arrangements, the press of deadlines, an overflowing e-mail inbox, the pile of books I need, ought, and want to read…
My mind can fill up all too quickly with my own words and others’ words.
I am grateful to be recalled to that silence of the Incarnate Word, the Word who is wordlessly present in the Blessed Sacrament.
You can hear my reading of the poem by clicking here or on the poem title.