This was the moment when BeforeTurned into After, and the future’sUninvented timekeepers presented arms.
This was the moment when nothingHappened. Only dull peaceSprawled boringly over the earth.
This was the moment when even energetic RomansCould find nothing better to doThan counting heads in remote provinces.
And this was the momentWhen a few farm workers and threeMembers of an obscure Persian sect
Walked haphazard by starlight straightInto the kingdom of heaven.
by U.A. Fanthorpe
© U.A. Fanthorpe, 2002
Having been one of Britain's most popular poets since publishing her first collection in 1978, U.A. Fanthorpe sadly passed away in April, 2009. Christmas Poems,
first published in 2002, collects Christmas card messages sent by
Fanthorpe to friends since 1974, and is a fitting tribute to her
versatility and wit as a poet. 'BC-AD' offers an askance perspective on
the Nativity story, striking with the quicksilver power of an epiphany.
You can find out more about the collection here, and more about Fanthorpe here.
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