Easter morning 6am
From the depths of space
the light of dawn slips uncertainly
over the edge of the world;
The cold of early morning
slowly seeps through warm clothes
as a robin greets the day
in cheerful song. A small group of friends
watch the darkened sky
turn ever brighter,
the light of the sun covering stars
and chasing the moon into paleness.
We sing, at first hesitantly
and then more boldly,
the gathering chorus of birds
accompanying our song of Easter praise.
Is this not how faith comes,
gently growing from deep within
until the full light of God’s Grace
floods our lives and hearts and beings
and we are dazzled by His love?
27 March 2016
© Tricia Rayner
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This short piece captured the attention of all the judges:
- With masterful economy of language this poem vividly conjures up a hillside before dawn on Easter morning.
- The theme From Deep Within is subtly present throughout.
- On one level, visual and auditory elements provoke a profound physical experience recognised by many Christian worshippers.
- At a deeper level, this physical experience of dawn is compared to the inner dawning of revelation and understanding as faith is born.
- The experience of light dispelling darkness and life destroying death is a universal Christian theme.
- This could be used in worship as well as in private devotion as a meditation.