When the choir sings to heaven
we listen from the depth of our hell.
When the wind blows over troubled ground
we step over the broken branches.
When the notes soar to heights
we lift ourselves up from low ground.
When the choir sings Handel’s Messiah
we elevate our ears to heavenly you.
NOTE FROM THE AUHOR:
Music, especially choir music at Christmas time can be spiritually moving. A time of reflection on a turbulent year whether we’re religious or not, Christmas is a special time and many older people take solace in the church and the choir at this time of the holidays.
Robin McNamara is an Irish poet with over 90 poems published worldwide. A regular contributor to Poetry Ireland poetry prompts. UCD Library have a selection of his pandemic poems in their archives as a record of poems written during this period. Robin’s debut chapbook is to be published with Hedgehog Poetry Press in early 2021.