When I was ill

My neighbours nourished me

One with soup and dinners

Another with constancy

My spirit nearly broken

Depression on the rise

My neighbours kept a watch on me

My care to supervise


The curse of this pandemic

Brings blessing in its train

Brings out the good in people

Brings sunshine in the rain

And rainbows are a promise

Of brighter times to be

Thank God for kindly neighbours

For looking after me


Mary now expectant mum

Answers to a call

To visit cousin Elizabeth

To help and care for all

And then returns to Nazareth

To wait her own great day

To give the world her only son

The child our hope and stay


Brian Fahy

22 December 2021

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