Star

Each day this week, I’ll be sharing from a series of five Advent poems I wrote for John Knox Presbyterian Church in Seattle. I hope they will bless you as you prepare for the coming of Christmas.

Star

“A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon 
under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.”
   -Revelation 12:1

“…keep warm this small hot naked star/ fallen into my arms.”  -Luci Shaw, “Mary’s Song”

After the angel dissolved, I stood among the skies,
no longer dressed in brown linen, but with fire:
the sun’s silk my gown. I leaned into the swirl of gold and lit.

Have I created my Creator?

My mother clucks her tongue. Questions, she says,
cause confusion. She could never hold what I saw:

the crown upon this plain brown head,
twelve stars in motion, set spinning like a child’s toy,
and rushing towards me, flames in its wake, blazed
the greater star, its hot white orb.

Should I tell you it entered me, how the warm simmer settled?

When I woke to this dirt floor, my mother’s voice
in the next room, issuing me out the door,
I ran my hands down my belly,
knew what is real is the crown, not the dirt.

Later, when the nausea came, when the accusations
birthed, when all those I loved turned enemies,
I would stand in the garden, arms raised,
close my eyes and feel the spinning crown encircling,
feel this star descending into human form.

© Micha Boyett Hohorst, 2010. All rights reserved. Please do not reprint or post without attribution.
  • Haley

    Love love love… These poems have blessed us and now they will bless many others as well!

    • http://mommymonk.wordpress.com Micha Boyett Hohorst

      Haley, you are the greatest. Thank you. Yesterday I was saying something to my mom like, “My friend Haley…” and she stopped me. “Is she a real friend or an internet friend?”
      Well…she’s internet but real too! So grateful for your encouragement and for this opportunity.

      • Haley

        Haha I have done the same thing! I believe that true friendship *can* be forged through online connections. :) Thankful to be in both categories!

  • http://www.citizenbezner.com Steve

    First: I love this poem.

    Second: Any chance it (and its soon-to-be-shared kin) could be shared among the people of The Commons over the remainder of Advent in our services?

    • http://mommymonk.wordpress.com Micha Boyett Hohorst

      Thank you, Steve. I’d be so honored for The Commons to use these poems! Please do!

  • http://kfsullivan.wordpress.com kfsullivan

    Oh my, Micha…This is stunningly beautiful. I’m going to send all my gang over to see it.

    • http://mommymonk.wordpress.com Micha Boyett Hohorst

      So grateful, Kim! And thank you for your kind words on your blog. It means so much to me….

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  • Lauren O’Connell

    !!! I love this. Thank you for sharing it!!!

  • Lauren O’Connell

    !!! I love this. Thank you for sharing it!!!

  • Farah

    Yay!!!

    • http://mommymonk.wordpress.com Micha Boyett Hohorst

      Farah, I hope you can see how much your thoughts on this poem affected it. Thank you for your brain and for sharing it with me!

  • Lauren

    also, not directly related to this poem, but I wanted to let you know:

    Because of your recommendation/reference, I checked the Jesus Storybook Bible out from the library. I love it, my boys love it, and it will be one of our family Christmas gifts. So thank you!

  • Lauren

    also, not directly related to this poem, but I wanted to let you know:

    Because of your recommendation/reference, I checked the Jesus Storybook Bible out from the library. I love it, my boys love it, and it will be one of our family Christmas gifts. So thank you!

  • http://www.sundayschoolrebel.typepad.com Sam

    Absolutely beautiful, Micha. I am catching up!

  • http://www.sundayschoolrebel.typepad.com Sam

    Absolutely beautiful, Micha. I am catching up!

  • Haley

    Haha I have done the same thing! I believe that true friendship *can* be forged through online connections. :) Thankful to be in both categories!


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