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advent journal: understatement

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advent journal: understatement

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. (Luke 2:6 KJV)

understatement

I first learned the story
the same way Linus told it:
in language so old that some
of the words were forgotten
or meanings had changed

“the days were accomplished”
who says that anymore
unless you’re Linus or
the liturgist on Christmas Eve
reading,
“she should be delivered”

in the beginning, God spoke
and the universe burst into place,
but in Bethlehem, the baby
was born in passive voice
how silently the gift is given

Peace,
Milton

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