For those who don’t know yet, Malcolm Guite is posting his Antiphon sonnets day by day as we lead up to Christmas. (I’m a day ahead of him here, since I’ve moved each antiphon up to make room for “O Virgo Virginum” on the 23rd.) I especially like his “O Adonai” sonnet. It is reposted for your reading pleasure below.
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Unsayable, you chose to speak one tongue,
Unseeable, you gave yourself away,
The Adonai, the Tetragramaton
Grew by a wayside in the light of day.
O you who dared to be a tribal God,
To own a language, people and a place,
Who chose to be exploited and betrayed,
If so you might be met with face to face,
Come to us here, who would not find you there,
Who chose to know the skin and not the pith,
Who heard no more than thunder in the air,
Who marked the mere events and not the myth.
Touch the bare branches of our unbelief
And blaze again like fire in every leaf.
~ Malcolm Guite (1957 – )