Friday, December 23, 2016
Christmas Bumper bundle: Jeanie at 80, A Christmas poem, and dark thoughts on politics after Berlin
the big eight oh!
But darling don't forget
that every year
sweet Jeanie dear
the big eight oh
could bring the best years yet!
When the sun is weak and the nights are long
You hear Earth singing a different song
The mist rises white from the trees all around
And life sleeps deep in its home underground
The deep dark earth, soon to be our home,
This is the place from where visions come.
The visions rise and seem to me
As solid as the trunk of the old oak tree.
And none would believe them if they didn't know
That something like the oak from dull earth would grow.
And just as improbable and just as odd
To this dark earth came the son of God.
This isn't a poem it is a plea. There are thousands of deranged young men who can be persuaded that they can serve God or some other higher cause by killing people. Probably a few deranged young women too. The siren voices on the far right tell us we must pull up the drawbridge and keep them out.
We have to face the nasty truth that trying to live outside the horror is not possible any more. When I was born in the 1930's Syria was several weeks journey from England. Three hundred years ago it was months or years. Today we can do it in an afternoon. Often and for most of us this is wonderful. We can fly down to the med for a few days holiday. But it means those who hate the world can reach out and kill some of us now and then.
Incidents like the Berlin killings are going to happen and are going to get more and more common. But Berlin is still a better place to live in than Aleppo. The solutions of the far right will only maker the world a nastier place for all of us. Men of good will must first acknowledge that more mindless killings like those in Berlin are going to happen, and that, despite this, the world will be a better place if we treat refugees with compassion and strive to find a way to end the ghastly wars thaet still stalk the world. For the first time since 1945 it is clear that we live in dangerous times. We must speak with truth and honesty against dangerous voices. If we do no,t it will be the horrors of Aleppo that bring horror in our streets and not just the horrors of Berlin.
Nick Mellersh Christmas Eve 2016
I regret that I cannot express myself more coherently and more eloquently. But I hope you will join me in speaking up for kindness and compassion amidst the mess the world sxems to be in.