Advent


By Hannah Mead


“I am coming,” He whispers, with

cypress smoke and cinnamon.

I’m waiting, straw clutched between cold fingers

pushed through impatient pockets.

But tonight, the promise of dawn lingers

heavy below the horizon. 

Perhaps Venus is pinned like a diamond

in the darkness behind the shed that 

tilts, weary, at the bottom of my garden.


“I have come,” I hear Him say, soft as 

snow on streets damp with early evening.

My heart slows to the spin of the earth –

pine branches cradling the sky above me, 

light glinting like the north star 

from beneath my peaked roof.

His shadow spreads warm in the corner 

of my eye – the scent of salt and silence. 


“I am coming again.” He declares, voice dancing

up the path ahead, just wide enough for two.

I want to wander down to where

the river slices through barren fields. 

I want to find a dogwood, blooming

blood and ivory against a thorny crown. 

I want to watch the sun pierce the final frost. 

I want to go home.

Five candles flicker, restless, in the window –

tomorrow is coming sooner than I think.


Hannah Mead is an aspiring poet with a slight obsession with lavender tea and a very definite obsession with reading. She is blessed to call the rainy but beautiful country of England her home, though she is currently pursuing a degree in English in the equally rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest. Words in all their various and delightful forms are some of her favorite things.

You can find more of Hannah’s poetry at The Way of Delight.

5 thoughts on “Advent

  1. Thank you for sharing these beautiful Advent poems! I hope you have a blessed Christmas with your family. Love and hugs to you all!
    Aunt T and Uncle R

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    1. it’s my absolute pleasure. thank you for writing it. ❤

      i found myself wandering back to those last few lines, maybe because they reminded me of the way anne and little elizabeth talk about 'Tomorrow' in "anne of windy poplars" — as a fairyland lying at the end of the road, out over the water of the harbor, and how they were homesick for it (even though they'd never been).

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