Friday, 24 December 2010

Tonight the wind gnaws
With teeth of glass,
The jackdaw shivers
In caged branches of iron,
The stars have talons.

There is hunger in the mouth
Of vole and badger,
Silver agonies of breath
In the nostril of the fox,
Ice on the rabbit’s paw.

Tonight has no moon,
No food for the pilgrim;
The fruit tree is bare,
The rose bush a thorn
And the ground is bitter with stones.

But the mole sleeps, and the hedgehog
Lies curled in a womb of leaves,
The bean and the wheat-seed
Hug their germs in the earth
And the stream moves under the ice.

Tonight there is no moon,
But a new star opens
Like a silver trumpet over the dead.
Tonight in a nest of ruins
The blessed babe is laid.
And the fir tree warms to a bloom of candles,
And the child lights his lantern,
Stares at his tinselled toy;
And our hearts and hearths
Smoulder with live ashes.

In the blood of our grief
The cold earth is suckled,
In our agony the womb
Convulses its seed;
In the first cry of anguish
The child’s first breath is born.

Christmas Landscape: Laurie Lee



A Happy Christmas to you all. May the Peace of Christ rest in your hearts.

The unloved village cat has come into our house for the night and it is so cold, I think if I found a rat in the house, I wouldn't throw it out.

2 comments:

Robert said...

A very wonderful Christmas to you and all your loved ones!

Tom in Vegas said...

Merry Christmas to you and those closest to you, Rita. May 2011 bring you blessings of good health and prosperity.