Early morning BCP communion today. No sermon, though shared part of a poem by Edwin Muir.

Edwin Muir (1887 to 1959) was born on the Orkney Islands. He was a remarkable 20th century poet for whom Christianity was a central influence and inspiration. Muir was captivated by the myth of the garden of paradise, Eden, and the Orkneys represented Eden to him. Muir knew the harshness of life, allowed this knowledge and experience to enter his creativity. From his writing emerges a particular light for all who are conscious of living with the darkness.

The Annunciation

Edwin Muir

The angel and the girl are met.
Earth was the only meeting place.
For the embodied never yet
Travelled beyond the shore of space.

The eternal spirits in freedom go.
See, they have come together, see,
While the destroying minutes flow,
Each reflects the other’s face
Till heaven in hers and earth in his
Shine steady there. …

Outside the window footsteps fall
Into the ordinary day
And with the sun along the wall
Pursue their unreturning way.
Sound’s perpetual roundabout
Rolls its numbered octaves out
And hoarsely grinds its battered tune.

But through the endless afternoon
These neither speak nor movement make,
But stare into their deepening trance
As if their gaze would never break.

Angel in vestry of Burnham Abbey.

Angel in vestry of Burnham Abbey.

Angel of Peace Sculpture created by Transformers Youth Group with artists Gina Martin and Rhonda Fenwick, Companion S.P.B.

Angel of Peace Sculpture created by Transformers Youth Group with artists Gina Martin and Rhonda Fenwick, Companion S.P.B. at Burnham Abbey.

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