Tether’s End Christmas 2020
Jesus and Joseph watch as Mary loses her head.
Did she laugh too much, was she arguing
all the way to Bethlehem? No hotel booked?
No transport? Can he do nothing right?
Worn out, the weight of worry overpowers.
She’s grubby too, isn’t happy being on display.
This mother knows this Mother deserves better,
so sets her daughter to heal these wounds,
such heartache since that angel, with that news.
Soft stroked, her painted plaster bubble-bathed,
repaired, now centre stage Mary glories ready
to receive all – inn keeper. shepherds, even Magi.