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christmas landscape
December 24, 2012, 1:18 pm
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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.

– Laurie Lee

May you all have a blessed Christmas,


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Tough depiction of the Winter landscape, but ending in new hope.

Comment by lornasmithers

And a Merry Christmas to you, Andy. May you and your family have the best of holidays.

Comment by George

Fabulous poem, Andy. Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas. John.

Comment by johnfield1

Yes, tough… and beautiful

Comment by The Solitary Walker

thanks everyone. I think it’s a fine and truthful poem.

Interesting Christmas with winter vomiting bug starting just as I left for Church on Christmas morning. Fortunately my brilliant colleagues took over, I spent the day in bed and am now much better.

Happy Christmas to you all!


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