A Night Poem (for Easter)

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I lie in bed these sweet few days
When the windows yet are open
And the weather yet is fine,
And love to hear the dead of night
Announce its living presence
With hoot and croak and creeping vine.

I love the knowledge that for years
As I have waited on the bench
Beneath the juniper tree,
And paid such close attention,
There is an owl I’ve never seen
An owl, I know, who watches me.

I love the sound of secret things,
I love to hear their nearness,
And to feel their wildness, too.
(Three days ago we sowed the seeds
And every hour I check the dirt
For seedlings pushing through.)

I lie in bed awake, alert,
Aware of the God of the Garden.
I sense in the seed a promise,
An unfolding resurrection
In the furrowed row, in soil
And root, in husk and humus.

I sense an ancient heart alive
Who haunts these moonlit acres,
Blessing, bringing life from death,
Dawn from darkness, song from sorrow.
The night owl swoops, the zephyr sighs;
I hear within the tomb: a breath.

As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew has released more than ten records over the past fifteen years. His music has earned him a reputation for writing songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. He has also followed his gifts into the realm of publishing. His books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga.


46 Comments

  1. Jason Gray

    @jasongray

    A poet now, too? You’re starting to make me a little angry with you. Overachiever, sheesh.

    This is beautiful, thank you for this. So grateful for the heart the Lord gave you, and the ears he gave you to hear his.

    One geeky sidenote: Rhyming promise and humus… dude, that’s ninja.

  2. Jess

    Every time you post one of your poems, I temporarily give up all hope of becoming a poet. Just keep workin’ at it, I suppose. *Tearing hair out*
    But in all seriousity, this is wonderful. Keep up the good work. πŸ™‚

  3. Rael

    Oooh, wonderful. πŸ™‚

    (Wondering if this might end up as a song in Resurrection Letters, Volume 1, perhaps?)

  4. Joy C

    Andrew,

    Thank you for the effort and observation behind your writing.
    I’m sure it takes some doing on your part – but we are the richer for it. Your writings nourish us. Thanks.

  5. carrie luke

    good grief, andrew. breathtaking and such a beautiful picture of anticipation and the holy waiting.

  6. Jen

    You too, Jess? πŸ˜‰ Most of the writers here make me think about throwing away my pen… then dig it out of the trash and try harder.

    This is stunning. (word ninja!) Thank you for sharing this beauty with us, Andrew. πŸ™‚

  7. Christy

    Thank you for this. You are able to write what all of us are thinking but can’t express.

  8. Becca

    What perfect timing. We planted our garden yesterday, and nearly the same feelings hit me. I’ve been too busy working up dirt to check the RR much lately; but a few minutes ago I walked in from outside, read this, and it made me smile to think of our Creator stirring up His hymns this time of year in a thousand backs bent over tilled earth.

  9. Becca

    (P.S. Click on my blog link, if you want to see the prettiest lettuce ever. I took that picture this morning. No photoshopping… it’s really that beautiful. I’m not sure I’ll have the heart to eat it.)

  10. Loren

    “I hear within the tomb: a breath.” What more can be said? And yet it’s all beautiful!

    Becca, love your lettuce (and your poem as well!). I’m thinking another month here before I can plan to plant outside πŸ™ ….

    This has been a bleak week in the northern realms, but today there is sun and the windows are open, and I finally feel that Easter–and the Resurrection–is nearly here…. Thank you for another reminder, Andrew!

  11. Keith S

    “It’s a window in the world…”

    I have been planting trees recently and thinking a lot about the amazing ways in which God teaches us through the beauty (and harshness) of His creation. We are so much like those trees, plants, seeds etc.

    A seed holds amazing potential. In the ground and in our hearts.

    Thanks AP- I continue to be blessed by your God given gift with words and song. Happy Easter.

  12. Joy C

    Andrew,

    FYI: Tomorrow at the prison for Easter, I’m giving out copies of your writing on RLII: “He Came Back…”
    And on the back of it I’ve printed out the words to “All Things New” which I’ll play for them.
    Thank you for all your “seeds.” May the Holy Spirit plant them deeply. We will see the results in Heaven. I think they will be more beautiful than we can “dream or imagine.”
    Thank you.

  13. Becca

    Thanks, Loren!

    Actually… after posting that comment I felt goofy, because I was afraid it might have seemed like a cheap shot to get blog readers. But I was really just so excited about the pretty lettuce picture! If you zoom in on that photo, you can see the little curls and veins. They just make me happy.

    I actually planted our cold stuff (lettuce, cabbage, beets, peas) weeks ago. Yesterday we risked seeds for the warmer things. (Funny thing… I planted 18 sweet potato plants before my husband admitted that he doesn’t really like them much…)

    Can you start a few seeds indoors?

  14. Becca

    Yay, EmmaJ! Thank you for appreciating the pretty lettuce with me!

    The peas are cute, too. Quirky, right-brained, non-conformists the whole lot of them. I’ll try to snag a pic tomorrow in the morning light.

  15. Marsha Panola

    Thank you for the gorgeous poem! It always amazes me how much LIFE is going on all around us–so many things that we never perceive more than a small fraction of what is right near us. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve felt like God was walking through his garden with me, like my mom used to do, pointing out wonderful things he just has to show me. And I do love that new life message in every growing thing. Thanks again for your beautiful words.

    Happy Easter to you and your family!

  16. Loren

    Shameless blog plug, Becca; shameless πŸ™‚ Actually, the poem was just a nice bonus to add to the beauty of the lettuce! I’m looking forward to seeing the peas. …And have fun with those sweet potato vines–LOL! I had morning glories that went crazy on me last year and they don’t even give the benefit of food.

    Yeah, I’m actually behind on getting our indoor seeds started. Everything’s just been so behind this year. I usually transfer pots of seedlings outdoors during the day to free up space, but it’s been so cold I’m afraid that would kill them. Time to get on with it, though!

  17. Andrew Peterson

    @andrew

    Thank you all for the kind words about the poem. It’s a dream of mine to eventually have enough of them lying around to put them into a book. One of these days.

    I hope you all had a fine Easter Sunday. Ours was grand: ten families at the Warren (including our own Jonathan Rogers, Russ Ramsey, Randall Goodgame, Eric Peters, and Pete Peterson), all feasting on a potluck dinner in the sun in celebration of the death of Death by Jesus’ hand.

    A friend texted me today and told me that in Uganda their answer to “He is risen!” is “As he said he would.” I think that’s beautiful. Now we step out of the celebration and put our hands to the plow.

  18. Peter Br

    Andrew, thank you for continuing to use your God-given gifts for our benefit.

    Becca, great lettuce! Do you section your garden with rebar?

  19. Becca

    Peter,

    Not rebar, that’s just some skinny rope dividing the box. When I first started planting (as an adult), I was quite taken with Mel Bartholomew’s _Square Foot Gardening_. I spent most of my childhood summers helping my parents row garden, and I was burned out on pinching sweat bees behind my knees and hours spent pulling teeny weeds. SFG was a way for me to get my hands back in the dirt without those negatives.

    It was a fun way to begin; however, we’ve now transitioned to in-ground plots for most of our planting. I just kept the raised beds for a few pet projects, and because I wanted my kids to experience the fun parts of watching things grow. The ground is so black and soft in those beds, it’s like a garden spa…

    (If any of you live in town and have a tiny backyard, SFG is a wonderful way to help your kids experience the way God moves in the growth of the earth.)

  20. LauraP

    “From The Bench At the Bend in the Trail” – a beautiful hardbound book of poems by Andrew Peterson. Publication date TBD. I would pre-order that. May all your best dreams come true, AP. And thanks for all you’ve already given us.

  21. Cynthia Guy

    I’m a bit late in reading this poem…but it is a beautiful poem! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Enjoy the day and all of it’s blessings…

  22. Maddy

    Isn’t it ridiculously over-stimulating, this time of year? All the senses so awake after the long winter’s sleep.
    I love how you captured (in this poem) the excitement of rebirth… the laying awake at night listening, the new found in the familiar, the search for those first tiny little seedlings…
    Thanks, Andrew.

  23. Joy C

    Andrew,
    I thought you’d like to know: There’s a woman at the prison who’s rather closed against God bc of some extreme life experiences. She works in our greenhouse and loves to garden. So I printed out this poem of yours along with the photo, and gave it to her tonight. “I love it!” she beamed, and gave me a big hug.
    “Aslan is on the move.” Thank you for your genuine search for beautiful ways to give form to the Unformed. I love your songs so much. God speaks deeply to me thru them. And I hear Him in your poetry too. Good job. Persevere.

  24. Samjoy

    This poem is beautiful and stirring. It reminded me of recent events with our daughter’s first attempt with gardening. She checked every day only to find no signs of life, then one morning over night the bright green grass seemed to grow inches. She was so excited! We all were and watched it growing taller every day. Now we pass by it and barely notice it. Your poem made me think of that sad little cup of grass and question how I am “tending” the garden/relationship I have with Christ. I long to be that excited child eagerly anticipating His every breath. Thank you.

  25. Mary Beth

    Beautiful! Andrew, I saw you perform in Indianapolis with SCC and Josh. Between the three of you and The Lord on High, my life has changed so much. Your music has touched me and inspired me to keep on, regardless of illness and all the ails of this life. May God Bless you and yours and keep up the good work!

  26. Barbara Drennan

    Thank you for a beautiful gift. Your words are a treasure. It’s a beautiful, sunny day in Illinois as we remember why we celebrate!!!

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