Descent (Poem by Luci Shaw)

Descent (Poem by Luci Shaw)

Descent (Poem by Luci Shaw)


Down he came from up,
and in from out,
and here from there.
A long leap,
an incandescent fall
from magnificent
to naked, frail, small,
through space,
between stars,
into our chill night air,
shrunk, in infant grace,
to our damp, cramped
earthy place
among all
the shivering sheep.

And now, after all,
there he lies,
fast asleep.

by Luci Shaw

Descent (Poem by Luci Shaw)

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Joe Herring 6 years ago

    Terrific poem. Reminds me of a recitative from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
    Here’s a rough translation: ” Great Lord and Mighty King
    Beloved Savior- how little you care
    For worldly glory.
    He who sustains the entire world
    Who made its magnificence and beauty
    Must sleep in a hard crib. “

  2. Diane Lally 6 years ago

    A beautiful poem – reveals the awe of HIS being.

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