A darkness dwells, just out of sight,
among these brilliant, twinkling lights
and through the house all decked with green
a shadow stalks the verdant scene-
A dimness to the Advent host
pursuing room-to-room to boast
a victory not fought or won,
yet hides in fear, a braggart shunned.
And words of cheer and light revealed
keep gloominess at bay, concealed.
Joyeux Noel thus shared among
us brings to darkness- light- along.
So sing we all in towns and homes
a Christmas song in merry tones,
persuading those from shadows dim
to brilliant light and life with Him.
Writing a Christmas poem is difficult because the themes are so familiar. The difference between light and dark has been on my mind lately, and it seemed a fitting Christmas thought. My hope is to continue writing in 2015, and that you will continue to read.
I attached a clip below sharing Steven Curtis Chapman’s arrangement of O Come O Come Emmanuel, a text which resonates with this poem, but a different melody than typically associated with the song.
Best wishes this holiday season, Merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous new year.