Silent Night in Glenealy Church.
Serried voices sang unpolished this moving
Heartfelt echo from the trenches, for that first
Choir of youth, dead names on brass plaques

St. Kevin’s Church in Glendalough,
A cold church and a warm congregation.
Late on a dark frosty Eve, signs of Peace,
Handshakes and well wishes.

Angela and the choir, Adeste.
Catherine on the high notes, Gloria.
Oh Holy Night sung to rapt quiet
Listening, tear filled eyes and sniffles

A child Virgin, a child Joseph,
A Jesus for the Crib.
Young children at Church, keen
Anticipation on sleepy faces.

Bethlehem, The Western Front, Glenealy, Laragh
Memories of Carols.
Memories of Christmas Eves.
This is Christmas.

All the rest is only shopping.

Martin Swords
St.Stephen’s Day
26 December 2009