Advent Poem

I wrote and posted this poem last year, but only a few people were following this site back then.  It has a sort of Dr. Seuss rhythm that works better in some stanzas then others, but here’s my first try at poetry in over ten years:

“Established, Unfinished”
by Robb McCoy

Established, unfinished; at hand, yet to be.
For the Kingdom of God, we are waiting to see.

Where’s the Prince of Peace in the midst of such war?
Made the image of God, yet corrupt to core.
It is peace that we seek, for peace do we yearn.
While cities and buildings and children still burn.

Dividing walls built in hearts and with brick,
By people who hold onto Bibles so thick.
Telling us who we can and cannot love,
Like Pharisees all, they strangle the dove.

Through the darkness does break a beacon of hope.
In midst of rough waters a life-saving rope.
Lo a child is born in a manger so rough,
Letting us know that, YES, love is enough.

Love your neighbor, Love God, there is nothing more.
And at once the seams of the curtain, they tore.
In the midst of fighting and chaos and doom,
We know our Creator is saving a room.

The Kingdom of God is still unfulfilled,
We continue to struggle for what God has willed.
Love mercy, do justice, walk humbly with God.
Eat dinner with sinners, the poor and the odd.

Though sometimes the Kingdom comes painfully slow,
Together we struggle, together we go,
to the Kingdom of God, our victory won
Established, unfinished, our stuggle not done.

Another poem.  This one is called “Invitation (or Evangelism)”


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8 responses to “Advent Poem

  1. very good!! I like the poem… You do have the talent, you know. 🙂

  2. Peggy Alford

    Thanks Robb! I really love the poem–you do have the talent!

  3. Sue Artt

    Robb — love the poem — love the picture in the banner, too!! Ahhh…what fond memories!

  4. Marty, Peggy, and Sue:
    Thanks for the kind words. Sorry Sue, I changed the banner, but those are fond memories.

    I have already had two pastors tell me that they will be using the poem in their bulletin or during worship in the next few weeks, which I think is really flattering.

  5. Meaghan

    Very moving, Robb.
    Great use of iambic pentameter, too (just kidding…I don’t remember what that means, but great poetry! 🙂
    How cool that other pastors will be using it in their bulletins. I would like to put this on our family’s blog, if that’s okay.

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  7. Well done, Robb !

    Thank you for sharing.

    Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas!

  8. Cathy Nierman

    Absolutely love this! You put so much meaning and thought into this poem, and it truly does tell a story all should hear. I am going to pass this onto my church Cedar Creek, one of the largest and most popular Christian churches in all of Ohio. I am sure they will use it in their service or bulletin. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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