advent: week 2

the prophet came and dared
to say to his face:
“you are the man”–
the man who has failed,
the man who should have known better,
the man who has broken the heart of his God–
and now the great king pours himself out like the sacred wine

and David waits for the hope of redemption
like midnight waits for the morning light
like the ones posted all along the watchtower
and all he has to cling to is a promise, a song, and the truth

that the King of glory will enter in the gates
and He will bring all His people home to Zion
even the ones whose hands are unclean
will be washed whiter than snow

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