Christmas The alchemy of myth – the stars and angels, the earth’s return to light, green ivy, the quickening sap in the tree’s deep heart, the cattle kneeling in frosty fields, the robin’s song at midnight – all refined to the bare particular fact of a birth – that night, that inn, that boy.
There is no doubt that 2015 has been one of the most turbulent in my entire life. Apart from the political nonsense, the new wars, the refugee crisis and the threat of terrorism (which is less fear of the terrorists than the way we respond to it), there has been illness, some of it sudden… Read More »
I didn’t put the whole poem up yesterday, because it’s been about a bit, (being the title poem of the new book and all) but then I thought I’d better. The Territory of Rain This is the territory of rain. It is king here, more than cold or wind, and all living is by negotiation… Read More »
It is king here and it is showing us who’s boss. Fortunately yesterday was dry, and the tide was shallow. But there’s more rain to come. For the moment at least, all living is by negotiation with flows and falls of water. Not to mention, moving about. I hope you are all dry, warm and… Read More »
Laudato Si is the most recent encyclical issued by Pope Francis this year, which deals with the environment. Its theme is set by the subtitle “On Care for Our Common Home”, and it has been widely praised for its absolute commitment to the duty of taking responsibility for the damage humans are doing to… Read More »