Rundle: a nativity scene

Guy Rundle remembers a very Australian Christmas.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Dim the lights and shield the candles
Thirty Kodak cameras flash
Before a yule eve almost shambles
The church grammar primary
‘Seventy-four nativity

Bears the markings of the era
Mary’s in a cut-down kaftan
Joseph: maroon dressing-gown
The donkey is the Johnston’s Afghan
Wise-men wear burnt orange crowns

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6 thoughts on “Rundle: a nativity scene

  1. graybul

    It is not the high ground Guy . . .
    that today you seek
    nor do you care to reach
    an epistemological peak
    rather, choice of words designed
    aligned, focussed on affront
    stripped bare and unaware
    another ‘innocent’ in line to shunt?

  2. Guy Rundle

    That list line is set at smaller type in error, I should add; not done for twee effect

    1. AR

      Oh I dunno grundle, having that ‘list’ line writ smaller makes it the more poignant.
      Wassailing away.

  3. meg orton

    Goes for me too. A small ‘sufficient grace ‘ amidst all our human short comings.

  4. Hunt Ian

    Good grief, Guy, almost as bad as Rowan Dean

  5. Inner Space

    Oh great Guy so high up in the sky
    there must be a reason, i ll give it a try
    you wane and wax but neither hither or thither
    and to one on command you choose your slither
    tis not God that leads you aside
    but that religious facade that tears you inside
    so get down on your knees and rid your shamus
    otherwise it remains for you an ignoramus

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