Christmas Series: We Are The Sound Of Water

Image by Jenna von Benedikt used with permission


Eddies of light twirl in silence when a star passes between us.

Mary does her work. Joseph keeps his word. Jesus comes against odds.

Daybreak moves through dust-laden air, but we’re not there to see the stable,

or feel the straw. We’ve made our way to a time and place where nothing

magic seems to happen anymore. Caught in the current, we are swaddled

in mystery. [But we were before the stars.] We are the sound of water


beneath grass on a hillside where shepherds watch their flocks.

We are eddies of redemption flowing around sand and rocks,

down the Kidron, to a basin where Jesus washes feet.

We are clouds and thunder, a prayer in the rent sky.

We are the noise in darkened heavens, each her own lullaby,

while the baby sheds His tears, cries midnight out of this world.


Art: Distillation of Matter by Jenna von Benedikt.

*Kidron valley, Kidron brook.



Melody earns a living as a registered nurse, grows a respectable garden, and writes when she's not building sheet forts with her grandkids. Her poetry has appeared in on-line journals, Segullah, Irreantum and small press along the Wasatch Front.

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6 Responses

  1. Rachel says:

    So very beautiful, Melody. Thank you.

  2. spunky says:

    Perfectly eloquent– I’m ready for Christmas now. Thank you.

  3. Jon says:

    “For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of Melody.” [Isaiah 51:3] Last week I told Twila and Syl that I suspected Isaiah was talking about you. I’m going to point them to this post as further proof.

    • Melody says:

      Well, that’s one of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever received! Thanks, Jon, for your faith and for your kind words. God bless you.

  4. Ziff says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Melody. I really enjoyed it.

  5. Jason K. says:

    This was truly marvelous, Melody. Thank you!

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