(for Melody)

Look at the world today,

So much beauty, but so much pain

And anyway

Despite the forecast, here comes the rain.

To-do lists growing longer,

Despair growing stronger,

Don’t know if I can make another day,

And anyway

What is the good of it all?

My past always comes to call.

The sun rises and sets the same

On a wasteland that forgets my name.

So my cries fall on deaf ears,

No-one sees my tears,

Understands my deepest fears.

And anyway

The whole thing’s such a mess,

The shame, the hopelessness.

No way out – nevertheless:

A baby in a manger,

Born into grief and danger,

Rejected as a stranger;

But anyway

What kind of foolish rescue plan

Is that? Holy God becoming man?

Why would He want to save me,

After all the chances He gave me?

I just don’t understand.

He should have walked away.

But anyway


Bursts into the broken space.

Tears, streaming down my face,

How can I accept this grace?

And anyway

If He really knew me

He would see right through me…

But anyway

He’s looking straight into my eyes,

No disgust and no surprise,

Steadily, with loving gaze.

And straight away
I glimpse the light of better days.

I take His hand,

My heart ablaze.

Seven is my favourite number which holds many Scriptural resonances. So here are seven numerical snippets from my life: 1. I was born in 1967, in a village in Warwickshire, England, and grew up singing in the choir and bellringing in our village Anglican church. 2. I made a first true Christian commitment at age 14 through my school Christian Fellowship. 3. I studied Modern and Medieval Languages for 4 years at the University of Cambridge. 4. In 1993 I married Nick and we have 4 children. 5. I am English and have lived in France since 1999. I hold both British and French nationality and am bilingual. 6. 7 things close to my heart, in no particular order: Fair Trade commerce, cats, green tea, the ocean, Highland cattle, languages, and The Chosen series. 7. In July 2021 I created and began to lead a monthly online Christian poetry group, TRELLIS*, under the umbrella of the UK Association of Christian Writers. (*standing for Trust, Risk, Encouragement, Listening, Love, Inspiration, and Support) What a blessing now to join this inspirational Red Thread Poets group. Praying for the manifold blessings of the Spirit on us all, as we write our beautiful poems and songs full of heavenly inspiration and power.