“Tread softly! All the earth is holy ground.”
Every Christmas, I listen to poignant Christmas carol, In the Bleak Mid-Winter, which embraces the poetry of Christina Rossetti. She entitled her poem, “A Christmas Carol.”
Christina weaves the story of the humble birth in a stable into a call to action to “do our part.” In a few short lines of poetry, she brings together an eclectic gathering to witness this unforgettable event. Ox, ass and camel, angels, cherubim and seraphim watch over the baby. And yet, it is the human touch of a mother’s kiss that gives the greatest sense of reverence.
Christina’s gift for poetry was encouraged by the works of those that came before. She repaid this legacy by inspiring others who came after. She influenced the writings of Virginia Woolf, Gerard Hopkins, Philip Larkin and Elizabeth Jennings.
Join me for a Sunday Evening Reflection with Christina Rossetti.