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Poem of the month

Advent Calendar

Read our Poem of the Month. 10th December 2021.

Head of English Mr Payton has selected his Poem of the Month for December...

Queen Margaret's School for Girls - Poem of the Month

"Rowan Williams is famous for having been Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002-2012, but is less well known for his poetry. Here is his wonderful Advent poem Advent Calendar.

He definitely deserves a place in all of our hearts as our second-favourite Welsh cleric.


Advent Calendar by Rowan Williams (2002)

He will come like last leaf's fall.

One night when the November wind

has flayed the trees to bone, and earth

wakes choking on the mould,

the soft shroud's folding.

He will come like frost.

One morning when the shrinking earth

opens on mist, to find itself

arrested in the net

of alien, sword-set beauty.

He will come like dark.

One evening when the bursting red

December sun draws up the sheet

and penny-masks its eye to yield

the star-snowed fields of sky.

He will come, will come,

will come like crying in the night,

like blood, like breaking,

as the earth writhes to toss him free.

He will come like child.

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