In Matthew’s gospel
Three sets of fourteen generations wait
for jubilee
– The final freeing of the slaves.

Will the debt that buries
the brow of every seed of Eve
in sweat and blood be paid?
Will the exiles be brought back
-and restored?

The mystery of the jubilee of jubilees.
Seventy-times-seven and terribly broken,
turned aside, and rancid.
Will even the bones dance at this jubilee of

Who can pay the debt of bones?
They were waiting then and we are waiting
now -though not quite the same for

The rest of the poems from Rusten Harris’s Advent series on Moss Kingdom:
IncarnationChristmas EveKingsSome Kind of GloryChainsGiftsQuotidian CoupleA Thousand LightsEve & MaryTreasured UpChristmasWinter StavesThe GloriasCherubimJosephStrange RedeemerWombMagiTemple TroughAdventLord’s DayFar as the Curse is FoundJubileeThe Massacre of the InnocentsLiturgical Time

Other Advent poems on Moss Kingdom:

December 21: an Advent poem for the Winter SolsticeOf Edmund and AslanTiptoe HopeThe Second Coming by William Butler Yeats