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poem Christmas

  • Christmas Ivy


    Here’s a Christmas poem which I sums up where I find the heart of this time of year – a value for the small, ordinary facts of physical life on earth.

    The alchemy of myth –
    the stars and angels, the earth’s
    return to light, green ivy,
    the quickening sap in the tree’s
    deep heart, the cattle
    kneeling in frosty fields,
    the robin’s song at midnight –
    all refined to the bare particular
    fact of a birth –
    that night, that inn, that boy.

    Not everyone is finding the facts of human life particularlt friendly just now. A lot of people are facing serious medical uncertainties, and everyone caught up in the accident in Glasgow yesterday will find it hard to throw themselves into the festivities, but I hope that everyone who reads this will find the holidays a time for peace, rest, and the comfort of family and friends.

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