Songs from the edge of exile: 1

It is dark outside,

as we sit in

a small front room,

curtains drawn

against the winter cold…

we read an ancient tale of people

long ago…

…their friend,

teacher, and leader

is gone….

… we feel their grief,


we cannot plumb the


of it, until we realise

there is more than one

loss here…

one by one we begin to speak

of days gone by,

of Sunday Schools,

and trips,

of Eisteddfod’s,

and Harvests

filled with people

and produce….

remembering singing

hymns into the night,

and how caroling was the highlight

of their Christmas times,

remembering when the Chapel

was the centre of village life,


and loved….

And now this death highlights the pain,

for we are in a strange land,

and our songs seem dimmed somehow…

…unspoken questions

fill the silent spaces,

and hang in the air

like unwanted cigarette smoke,

outlawed, and unwelcome…

And we wonder

how we can travel together

to a place,

where tears may flow

unchecked for a while,

and our questions are heard…

…where together we

open the curtains

upon this strange,

familiar, land..

to learn a anew the song

whose strain

will never ebb,

or die,

the song known by

stars and mountains,

older than time itself,

yet new,



About Sally C

How do I describe myself, I am not what I do, (I am a Methodist Minister), I am not who I am related to (I have 5 wonderful children, 2 lovely granddaughters and 2 lovely grandsons). I am a seeker truth, a partaker of life in all it's fullness and a follower, sometimes stumbling, sometimes celebrating of the Christian pathway. I seek wholeness, joy and a connectedness to all things through a deep reconciliation with the God whose love blows my socks off! I love walking, swimming and photography, I dabble with paint and poetry...
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