Wednesday, December 19, 2012

BEFORE AND AFTER

BC:AD

This was the moment when Before
Turned into After, and the future's
Uninvented timekeepers presented arms.

This was the moment when nothing
Happened. Only dull peace
Sprawled boringly over the earth.

This was the moment when even energetic Romans
Could find nothing better to do
Than counting heads in remote provinces.

And this was the moment
When a few farm workers and three
Members of an obscure Persian sect
Walked haphazard by starlight straight
Into the kingdom of heaven.

(U.A. Fanthorpe)

Thanks to Charley F B for sending the poem as a Christmas greeting.

Tim Chesterton posted the video below by Bruce Cockburn, which I like quite a lot, so I'm sharing.

4 comments:

  1. Great selection, Mimi! You and I seem to share musical tastes. A case of great minds, similar channels perhaps?

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    1. Thanks whiteycat. Indeed there's no accounting for the similar tastes except great minds. :-)

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  2. Favorite line from Bruce Cockburn, "tried to build the New Jerusalem; ended up with New York." Love "Mary Had a Baby." Thanks for the post.

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    1. "Mary Had a Baby" is a wonderful, simple folk carol, and Bruce gives an excellent performance. I've listened over and over.

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