I did not spend long in the stable.
I arrived late, you see, a few days late, due to ‘events beyond my control’, I think they say.
Expectations, other peoples’, have sharp elbows and will not take no for an answer, they really won’t.
Though I did in the end say no, which was the best no ever, a no becoming a yes…because every no to something is a yes to something else.
And so I arrived there, arrived at the stable, arrived at Christmas in the glowing silence which is there beneath the noise.
Quite a surprise.
And I didn’t stay long, as I say, but from there, stepped happily out into the dark, quite without fear.
You know what they say: you cannot travel on, if you have not first arrived.
And now I have, it only takes a moment.
It’s the light I remember as I make my clueless way.
It bruised my eyes with hope.