Saturday, 13 December 2014

A Christmas Limerick

Soon, Christians all over the world will be celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the founder of their religion. Celebration takes the form of spending huge amounts of money and eating and drinking enough to make themselves ill. It’s what ‘Christians’ do, though not what followers and admirers of Jesus Christ do.

Here, then, is a limerick about Jesus Christ:

There was an old bugger called God
Who put a young virgin in pod
This amazing behaviour
Produced Christ our saviour,
Who died on a cross, poor old sod.

Before the complaints start rolling in, I should just point out that I am not the author of the above: It was written by the Great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, and appears in the New Centenary Edition of his collected poems.

 I put a picture of Dylan Thomas in the blog quite recently, so here is one of Christ; it is Piero della Francesca’s great painting of the terrifying scene of the resurrection:

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