If (5 Christmas Cards)

£2.00

A WGRG Christmas card that points up the resonances between the uncertain, dislocated and dangerous circumstances of both Jesus’ birth and earliest days and that of too many souls who today find themselves as refugees.

Text by John L. Bell/ Image by Graham Maule.

Poem text only. No greeting.

Pack of 5, with envelopes

Colours: full colour on white 250gsm matt art board

Size: A6, 4 pages

 

Text

If my name was Mary
(just sixteen with a child)
forced to flee my country
(failing state turning wild)
would you find a place for me?

If the town I came from
once had been occupied
by your nation’s soldiers
at whose hands my dad died,
would you find a place for me?

If your nation’s air force
dropped their bombs on my street
on the wrong presumption
that was where rebels meet,
would you find a place for me?

If I’d  learned your country
saw and heard of our plight
but remained persuaded
we were wrong, you were right,
would you find a place for me?

If the boat I paid for
was unfit to set sail
and if seeking refuge
was now certain to fail,
would you find a place for me?

If my name was Mary
(just sixteen with a child);
if his name was Jesus…

Words: John L. Bell, copyright (c) 2015 WGRG, c/o Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland. www.wildgoose.scot