by Alwyn Marriage
There were two mangers in the stable: one wood, one stone. When we laid the newborn in the solid stone; He gave a tiny whimper, shivering with the cold, then lay too still and quiet, so that I clutched Him to my heart to warm Him, calm my quivering. We moved Him gently to the other manger, where the wood received Him as its own, drew in its sharpest nails and splinters held its breath to hear me sing, until the darkness deepened and He slept in peace; and that was where they came and worshipped Him as king.
Alwyn Marriage’s twelve books include poetry, fiction and non-fiction — most recently, The Elder Race (novel) and Pandora’s pandemic (poetry). Her new collection, Possibly a Pomegranate, will be published in Spring 2022. She has given readings all over Britain and Europe and in Australia and New Zealand. Formerly a university philosophy lecturer and CEO of two international literacy and literature NGOs, she’s currently Managing Editor of Oversteps Books. www.marriages.me.uk/alwyn