The Singer Christmas
(An excerpt from “The Singer Trilogy” by Calvin Miller)
The Father and his Troubadour sat down
Upon the outer rim of space
“And here, My Singer,” said Earthmaker,
“is the crown of all my endless skies –
the green, brown sphere of all my hopes.”
He reached and took the round new planet down,
and held it to His ear.
“They’re crying, Troubadour,” he said.
“They cry so hopelessly”
He gave the little ball unto His Son,
who also held it by His ear.
“Year after weary year they all keep crying.
They seem born to weep then die.
Our new man taught them crying in the Fall.”
“It is a peaceless globe.
Some are sincere in desperate desire
to see her freed of her absurdity. But war is here.
Men die in conflict, bathed in blood and greed.”
Then with his nail he scraped the atmosphere
and both of them beheld the planet bleed.
Earthmaker set earth spinning on its way
and said, “Give me your vast infinity my Son;
I’ll wrap it in a bit of clay.
Then enter Terra microscopically
to love the little souls who weep away their lives.”
“I will,” the Singer said, “set Terra free.”
And then He fell asleep and all awareness fled.
The Singer felt His very being shrinking down.
His vastness ebbed away.
In dwindling dread, all size decayed.
The universe around drew back.
He woke upon a tiny bed of straw in one of Terra’s smaller towns.
And now the great reduction has begun:
Earthmaker and His Troubadour are one.
And here’s the new redeeming melody –
the only song that can set Terra free.
The Shrine of older days must be laid by.
Mankind must see Earthmaker left the sky,
and He is with us.
“They must concede that I am He.
They must believe the Song or die.”