A poem from Lesotho

So after some searching around and reading some emails, I found this poem from one of the current SALTers in Lesotho who is doing the agricultural side of things rather than the educational side of things like I did. This poem though gives some good insight to the celebration of Christmas in Lesotho as well as a little bit of the scandalous and abnormal nature of the birth of Jesus 2000 years ago.

I hear that it was small and pretty quiet

I hear that it’s small
much quieter
I’ve never been separate from North American hype
from the onslaught of red fuzzy hats
sawed pine trees & eclectic nativity scenes
I hear that it’s small
much quieter
in rural Lesotho, there’s only a day
it’s almost December and
I haven’t heard a thing
it’s hot & we’re waiting desperately for good rains
we’re waiting expectantly
for what will bring us security
for what will bring us peace
for what will bring us life
but that’s how it happened in history, yes?
the quiet entrance
that twinkling star
with all creation attentive
expectant to his coming
for who will bring us security
for who will bring us peace
for who will bring us life

in this way
liturgy mimics
we first wait for his coming
for days that bear centuries
preparing & alluding

and, he comes

at last in that quiet
that perfect beginning of fulfillment
in the realization
of whose voice is ringing now

we walk next
following his movements
swallowing the words that part things differently
the biting words, the gentle words
the hidden words, and
things clarify
water washes
wounds heal
his life & teachings confirm
throwing paradox into wholeness
flipping the finest knowledge over
calling nothings to join his stride

and, for all things true
violence awaited
carrying blood & guilt & war
hatred & jealousy & pride

and all that hangs
and falls
as he stands again
the curtain rips.

it’s Easter that is bigger here in rural Lesotho
it’s Easter that is bigger for our hearts
of course, it had a long beginning
and
I hear that it was small

and pretty quiet
when he first arrived.

If you want to hear more about what is happening on Abby’s journey in Lesotho, you can check it out at abbyinlesotho.wordpress.com

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~ by randallkoehler on December 24, 2012.

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