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THE WICKED FAIRY AT THE MANGER

My gift for the child:

No wife, kids, home;

No money sense.  Unemployable.

Friends, yes.  But the wrong sort –

The workshy, women, wogs,

Petty infringers of the law, persons

With notifiable diseases,

Poll tax collectors, tarts;

The bottom rung.

His end?

I think we’ll make it

Public, prolonged, painful.

Right, said the baby.  That was roughly

What we had in mind.

U. A. Fanthorpe “Christmas Poems”: Enitharmon press

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THE SHEEPDOG

THE SHEEPDOG

After the very bright light,

And the talking bird,

And the singing,

And the sky filled up wi’wings,

And then the silence,

Our lads sez

“We’d better go, then.

Stay, Shep.  Good dog, stay.”

So I stayed wi’t’ sheep.

After they cum back,

It sounded grand, what they’d seen:

Camels, and Kings, and such,

Wi’ presents – human sort,

Not the kind you eat –

And a baby.  Presents wes for him.

Our lads took him a lamb.

I had to stay behind wi’ sheep.

Pity they didn’t tek me along, too.

I’m good wi’ sheep,

And the baby might have liked a dog

After all that myrrh and such.

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I AM JOSEPH

I am Joseph

I am Joseph, carpenter,

Of David’s kingly line,

I wanted an heir; discovered

My wife’s son wasn’t mine.

 

I am an obstinate lover,

Loved Mary for better or worse.

Wouldn’t stop loving when I found

Someone Else came first.

 

Mine was the likeness I hoped for

When the first-born man-child came.

But nothing of him was me.  I couldn’t

Even choose his name.

 

I am Joseph, who wanted

To teach my own boy how to live.

My lesson for my foster son:

Endure. Love. Give.

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NATIVITIES

Nativities

Godlings are born racily,

Are excavated

Into life by the strong licks

Of the world-cow, are suckled

By goats, mares, wolves.

Blossom of oak, blossom of broom,

Blossom of meadowsweet

Go to their making.

They erupt through the paternal

Skull fully armed, hatch from an egg,

Or appear, foam-born, in Cyprus, on a shell,

Wearing a great deal of hair and not much else.

This one arrived at the time of the early lambs

Through the usual channels.

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NOW

NOW (sent out 25th December 2013 at 03.45)

After the frantic shopping

The anxious road

After the office parties

The crowded inn

 

Before the quarterly bills

The stones gathered

Before the January sales

And Stephen, broken

 

After the carols and lessons

The psalms, the prophets

After the gifts are wrapped

The swaddling clothes

 

Before the Queen’s Speech

A baby’s cry

Across the morning suburbs

The Light of the World

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DEAR TRUE LOVE

DEAR TRUE LOVE

Leaping and dancing

Means to-ing and fro-ing;

Drummers and pipers –

Loud banging and blowing;

Even a pear-tree

Needs space to grow in.

Goose eggs and gold top

When I’m trying to slim?

And seven swans swimming?

Just where they could swim?

Mine is a small house,

Your gifts are grand;

One ring at a time

Is enough for this hand.

Hens, colly birds, doves –

A gastronome’s treat.

But love, I did tell you,

I’ve given up meat.

Your fairy-tale presents

Are wasted on me.

Just send me your love

And set all the birds free.

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OPEN HOUSE

OPEN HOUSE

Queen Ivy and King Holly

Wait at the door to enter

Lord of dark hills, the fir tree

Reigns in the Garden Centre

And the changeling Mistletoe

Come into the house

Whoever you are.

 

Dangerous padded parcels

A red man’s chancy load,

With riddled cores of crackers

Watch for their hour to explode

And the changeling Mistletoe

Come into the house

Whoever you are.

Black heart of the pudding,

Stuffed heart of the bird,

 

Green hearts of the brussels sprouts

Signal the holy word

Of ancestral Mistletoe

Come into this house

Whoever you are.

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Christmas Sounds

Christmas Sounds

Boeings wings softly over Earth

Humming like enormous Messiahs

Bringing everyone home for Christmas;

 

Children wailing impossible wants,

Housewives worrying in case enough isn’t,

Parsons, with prevenient care, sucking Strepsils,

 

Telly jingling twinkling mistletoe-ing,

Cash tills recording glad tidings of profit,

Office parties munching through menus –

 

Crackers! Champagne corks!

At the heart of it all, in the hay,

No sound at all but the cattle

Endlessly chewing it over.

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The Gardener at Christmas

THE GARDENER AT CHRISTMAS

He has done all that needs to be done.

Rake, fork, spade, cleaned and oiled,

Idle indoors; seeds, knotty with destiny, rattle

Inside their paper jackets.  The travelling birds

Have left; predicable locals

Mooch in the early dusk.

He dreams of a future in apples,

Of three white lilies in flower,

Of a tree that could bear a man.

He sits back and waits

For it all to happen.

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THE TREE

THE TREE

In the wood I am one of many.

I am felled, sold, chosen

To be sole tree of a house.

I am throned in a gold bucket.

Light is strewn through my branches,

Precious gifts wrapped in silver

Depend from my twigs.  Star-crowned,

I am adored by children, cordially hated

By hoovering housewives, distrusted

By Health and Safety Officers, who name me

Fire Hazard.  I reign for twelve days,

Them am sacrificed among rubbish,

Where I wither, age, decay.

 

But every year I rise again indoors,

Hazardous fire of love.

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