Space and Time

Thanks again to Dan Clendenin for introducing me to an unfamiliar poet.

 

The British poet U.A. Fanthorpe (b. 1929) was the first woman nominated as Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. I love how her poem BC:AD captures the unremarkable circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus, and of how kairos invades chronos. All time and history, says Fanthorpe, are now marked by the before and after of the baby Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was the moment when Before Turned into After, and the future’s Uninvented timekeepers presented arms.

 

This was the moment when nothing Happened. Only dull peace Sprawled boringly over the earth.

 

This was the moment when even energetic Romans Could find nothing better to do Than counting heads in remote provinces.

 

And this was the moment When a few farm workers and three Members of an obscure Persian sect Walked haphazard by starlight straight Into the kingdom of heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

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