Wednesday, 6 January 2016


Well that's it, Christmas is officially over today with the feast of the Epiphany, or Three Kings. This poem from UA Fanthorpe is ideal I think for the occasion, especially that last line. The spectacles and stories of Christmas may be over, but not their significance. Up to us now, alright.

The Wise Men and the Star - UA Fanthorpe
The proper place for stars is in the sky
Lighting the whole world,but negotiating only
With the highly qualified - master mariners, astro-physicists,
Professionals like ourselves.

This one came unscheduled, nudged us roughly
Out of routine, led us a wild - goose chase,
And perching here, above unspeakable rafters,
Common as a starling on a washing line,
Whistles to every callow Dick and Harry,
Idlling amazed around : OK, pals, I've done my bit.
Over to you, now, Earth.


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