The Christmas Gift : with thanks and holiday greetings to everyone who has done me the honour of following this blog.

Overlooking the estuary Overlooking the estuary

The season of storms is upon us,
but a recent, magical day,
gave us the gift of
the estuary, stilled and low sunlight warmed,
the plumped, moss banked waters, becalmed.

I look up at our house
the farm nestling on the hill, where
your window is soft lit
and the fire burns within,
and I am so very fortunate to be
glad homed and hearthed,
protected, still.

Yet in Syria the snow is falling,
refugees flee, no journey’s end,
troubled children cry in the Philipinnes
desolation and ruin beckon in South Sudan,
here, our homeless shiver as sleet descends
no comfort at fireside,
no family, few friends.

On the estuary, the oyster catchers carol and trill,
as the sanderlings stuttered seaside run
the breeze unfettered, unzipped, undone,
whilst the cry of the gulls, mourns and chides
and the white lipped tide tumbles, salt water sprayed and spun,
open mouthed for the gathering chill.

And in the early hours,
by now, rain and wind maddened,
on my radio as I lie
enveloped in the duveted darkness
as the World is Served by the BBC
I learn that, in Yemen
young girls find themselves sold as child brides
no gifts to share,
precious little charity?

But I am loved, cosseted and cared for
neither cavalier nor complacent, this much I know
but grateful, sometimes almost guilty
that life, the world should spare me so.

And so, a few days before Christmas,
I turned for home,
such a very precious phrase.
And, if I had a wish for these
and future days,
and could share it with the mountain’s Saint,
Brynnach, lingering – perhaps – above.
I would ask this Christmas Gift,
for the world, love,
there must be love.

This was written 6 years ago now, but I think ( and hope) it still has resonance. Greetings and good fortune ahead.

5 Comments on “The Christmas Gift : with thanks and holiday greetings to everyone who has done me the honour of following this blog.”

  1. helen carey says:

    A beautiful poem, it made me cry – yes indeed, the very best Christmas gift would be peace and love, maybe, hopefully, one day we will achieve it?


  2. Beautiful Marc. You have truly captured the spirit of Christmas with these meaningful words.

    The best to you and Helen this holiday.


  3. Hello Marc. Thank you, for sharing your poem. Your words ask the reader to look deep within, as to look with clarity, at our world. ~ And yes, there must always be love…
    In closing, I wish Helen and you a joyful Christmas, and a truly blessed New Year! ~Beannaichte’!
    As Ever, Alicia


  4. Briony Patten says:

    Wonderful Marc! Thank-you for sharing your special christmas poem.
    A Very Happy and warm xmas to you and Helen. Enjoy!
    Lots of love,


  5. stew1e says:

    A belated “thanks” for this one, Marc!


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