Advent Poetry Series “Star”

Though I’ve shared my own poems on the blog before, I always find it intimidating and I fear it’s presumptuous. (Nobody comes to this blog to read my poems, right?) But during Advent (I know, Advent doesn’t start till Sunday, but let’s just pretend), every Friday, I’ll share with you a series of poems I wrote two years ago, while I was pregnant with Brooksie. The poems were commissioned by John Knox Presbyterian Church in Seattle.





“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,
clothed not in spun linen, but in 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 on this plain brown head,
twelve stars in motion, set spinning like a child’s toy,
and rushing toward 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 true is crown, not dirt.

Later, when the nausea churned, when the accusations
birthed, when all I loved turned enemy,
I stood in the garden, arms raised,
closed my eyes and let the spinning crown encircle me,
felt this star descend to human form.


© Micha Boyett. All rights reserved. Please do not reprint or post without attribution.
Image Credit: Unknown Artist, Icon of the enthroned Virgin and Child with saints and angels, 6th Century (St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mt. Sinai, Egypt)


  • Kim Van Brunt

    This took my breath away. I vote that you post your poems regularly here, throughout the year. Of course I would come read those, just as I want to read everything you write. I’ll be coming back to this one today, and this week. Really looking forward to the rest of the series!

  • Holly

    If posting one’s own poems is presumptious than I am the worst offender. I will always come here for whatever you have to offer!
    And these Advent poems? I was remembering, just the other day, of how much I was in awe of them last year and I was wondering if you would revisit them again or venture to write new ones. This is just beauty, Micha. Thank you so much for sharing them again.

  • Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams

    So beautiful, Micha. I love the wonder in these lines. Thanks for sharing – I’ll look forward to more of your poems.

  • Hännah

    Micha, don’t second-guess. This is wonderful. Thank you so much for letting us read it.

  • Sarah Dunning Park

    Yes! I love this, Micha! So glad you are sharing.

  • Joy Lenton

    There is no presumption here. Only beauty, grace and glory in such a lovely poem that shines a light into the thoughts of Mary aa she awaits the Saviour’s birth. Insightful and revealing with a very human perspectivelaced with flashes of the Divine. Thanks you, Micha. I’m so pleaaed you shared this and look forward to reading more :)

  • Sarah Bessey

    Beautiful, Micha. So glad you’re doing this.

  • Jeannie

    I came to this blog today hoping it would contain a poem & was thrilled to see it was one of yours. It’s wonderful; thanks so much for sharing it.

  • Bethany Bassett

    Hi Micha, is there any excuse for waiting six months after you read an incredibly touching and beautiful guest post on RHE to stop by that guest poster’s blog and say hello? Your writing makes me feel like we’ve always known each other, and this poem is absolutely breath-catching. I’m looking forward to the others (and perhaps to *not* waiting half a year before I comment again).

  • Tamara @ This Sacramental Life

    So, so glad you’re sharing your poem here — especially the Advent ones.

  • michaboyett

    All of You: Thank you. For the encouraging words and kindness and for reading. So much love for you guys.

  • Diana Trautwein

    Yes, yes. Share them here. No, no. Not presumptuous in the least. Thanks for this loveliness.

  • Sam

    I do so love this. And yes – we want to read your poems, Micha!

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  • Haley

    Commisioning these was easily my favorite part of the short time I spent serving as interim worship coordinator at John Knox Pres! Thank you for blessing us (and so many others) with these beautiful words.

  • Annie Barnett

    Oh Micha, this is holy ground. Thank you for this meditation.

  • fiona lynne

    I have loved these poems since you first posted them. They are stunning. Thank you for sharing them again today.

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