Follow the star

But what if I have spent too long 
staring into space longing for a sign

What if the mystery were here all along 
in the tall grass of childhood 
the stumbling steps of grief 
the sudden sharp discovery underfoot 
that all is not yet seen 
the dizzying descent of life into earth 
disturbed by the late winter planting

Light from the star is too long arriving
Mined from the mundane hope is arising


Photo credit: Edward Hughes. First published at

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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