Sunday, December 25, 2011
Merry Christmas, dear Readers.
B. C.: A. D.
This was the moment when Before
Turned into After, and the future’s
Uninvented timekeepers presented arms.
This was the moment when nothing
Happened. Only dull peace
Sprawled boringly over the earth.
This was the moment when even energetic Romans
Could find nothing better to do
Than counting heads in remote provinces.
And this was the moment
When a few farm workers and three
Members of an obscure Persian sect
Walked haphazard by starlight straight
Into the kingdom of heaven.
~ U. A. Fanthorpe (1929-2009), English poet
To listen to a beautiful Christmas carol performed by the great contralto Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), please click here.