Act of Charity
Through small stained glass windows
set in thick walls washed pure white,
on St Bega with bread for the hungry
and, through the east window,
on the crucified figure
whose message is love.
The air is heavy
with the aroma of crops
brought by burly farmers
who pack the small church
to standing room only.
Bass voices compete with the organ
played at full blast.
Lines from the poem 'Harvest'
in Dandelions Growing Up in Cumbria
The photograph by Philip Wright, my cousin two generations below me (I rally am getting old!), is of the Heaton, Butler and Bayne stained glass south window, Haile Church, near Egremont, Cumbria where we were married. In the 8th or 9th century the legendary St Bega fled from Ireland to avoid an arranged marriage to a Norwegian prince. She landed at St Bees Head near Whitehaven and dedicated her life thereafter to the practical service of Christ.
It's almost two years since I published In Our Fathers' Footsteps (see under BOOKS). My latest book, One Dog and His Cop, about my cousin's police dog,was published 30 November this year (see under BOOKS).