We will light the stranger’s candle?
It’s something that we’ve done
for as long as we’ve been a family.
Lighting a welcoming candle in a window
on Christmas Eve
for any stranger walking home
returning to their family in the darkness.
Or maybe a child of ours
making their life’s journey
in their own way.
Really looking forward to South Wales Uillean Pipes playing! And if this doesn’t get your foot tapping nothing will!
Out of the darkness comes light!
Did I mention Matthew Frederick would be playing piano?
Once upon a time when a man lost the plot he was told whence and where to go! The Donald go!
Who is Liu Xia?
I live like a plant in the day
With no voice and no human interaction
Or like a corpse at night…
I curl into a ball
As somebody knocks at the door
My neck starts to stiffen
But I cannot leave…
I speak to myself too solitary
I have not the right to speak, to speak loudly!
I live like a plant
I lie like a corpse!
Rob Cullen: Apologies for a poor rendition of Liu Xia’s poem.