Strange Advent

This one came after the loss of an Iranian family in the channel; and it seemed ironic, that as we, as a culture, were celebrating the birth of one refugee child, while another had drowned; such is our human condition.

                      Strange Advent                                                             


But Jesus said, “Suffer the little children, and forbid them not,

to come unto me: for of such

is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 19:14


Have you not heard?

Christmas has been cancelled.

There’ll be no celebration,

and no meeting and greeting,

in the Covid season.


So, please tell the wise men,

In their four-wheeled drives:

they can return home to Persia,

for the family they are seeking,

have now lost their way.


Fortunately – or not, they

seem to have found the means,

through greedy eager men –

so very happy to help –

 only needing to be paid,

to send them on their way.


So, the refugee family –

fleeing from danger,

do finally arrive,

to where the sea divides;

across to where they pray,

safety will finally lay.


Their last money is now spent,

with the familiar greedy men:

by paying for the transport,

meant to carry them over,

to where they can recover,

in the distant promised land.



In despair – ignoring portents,

they give their consent,

to board the flimsy raft:

Yusef – Maryam – and child;

they are – as always will be,

lost refugees cast upon the sea.


Such a strange Advent;

star-shells illuminating

the Boarder Force – seeking

abroad the recessive sea;

while fishermen now dread,

what may lie in their nets.


So, have you not heard?

Christmas has been cancelled.

with no celebrations;

no meeting and greeting,

in the Covid season.

The Christ-child is not to be found:


        he is drowned


                                               D G Moody 2020


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This is such a gut wrenching poem..alas one that only fosters more questions than answers. Why do such refugees travel through sometimes many other countries to brave the channel to get to the UK? Those innocent children are totally dependant on the judgement of the parents. Why not stay in a country that can offer them shelter? I saw the picture of that drowned child and as a mother I cried too but why should the blame always rest on the people of Britain? Surely there are other agendas in progress? Sorry but it is upsetting and I can fully… Read more »


An extremely powerful poem here and I feel it’s particularly apt to link it to Christmas. I saw the image of that child, just one of many who have lost their lives, and I find it incredible how many accepted it and moved on. No one puts their child in danger unless to save them from what they see as greater danger. Moving and powerful words here – In despair – ignoring portents,
they give their consent,
to board the flimsy raft:
Such a decision – damned if you don’t, damned if you do.

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