Monday, 19 December 2011

The wicked Fairy at the manger.

Presents at Christmas are always difficult.  The general rule of thumb being something you'd like if it was given to you.  The problem then is   that sometimes its quite hard to part with the gift!
 The habit of gift bearing started with the Kings and the Shepherds....their response to  a wonderful event was to give the baby some very unlikely presents, but times have changed!
The more recent  tradition at any Christening  is  of Godparents bearing gifts, chosen carefully to last the baby throughout life. Even today people give silver  cups, and spoons etc...
Fairy Godmothers gave qualities....such as happiness, truthfulness, generosity  and beauty.
Sometimes though a Fairy God mother turns out to be a baddy...The wicked fairy condemns Sleeping Beauty to sleep for eternity....
This poem by U A Fanthorpe is a strange one... But worth persevering with I think.

The Wicked Fairy at the Manger
My gift for the child
No wife, kids , home.
No money sense. Unemployable.
Friends yes. But the wrong sort...
The work shy, women, wogs
Petty infringers of the law, persons
With notifiable diseases
Poll tax collectors, tarts,
The bottom rung   
His end?
I think we’ll make it 
Public, prolonged, painful. 
Right, said the baby. That was roughly 
What we had in mind. 

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