Being Alive

On my seventieth birthday

I got a nice surprise

You are going to be a granddad

Joy sprang in my eyes

Getting old and now alone

A milestone just to pass

Until this news came to me

So come on fill my glass


I fell into depression

When that child was one

Joy it seemed had vanished

Like a setting sun

But sun returns with morning

Good counsel made me well

And now two boys coming visiting

And bring their magic spell


We celebrate at Christmas

The ever-living feast

Bethlehem and the stable

Where all our hopes will meet

Just to be alive

And to know the power of love

And to live each day in goodness

And honour God above


Brian Fahy

11 December 2022

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