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christian aidThe United Reformed Church is partnering with Christian Aid to promote their advent campaign, which focuses on raising money for maternal health projects in Kenya and Malawi – where mothers and babies die every day from completely preventable causes.

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Photo credit: Mother & baby by Axel Bϋhrmann

the day I brought my baby home
the sky was full of wonder
gold swans swam on ponds of pearl
and bells pealed out like thunder

I carried him as royalty
and all across the town
great, loud brass-bands of soldiers made
a celebrating sound
and angry boys smiled back at us
great men paused at their lunches
the queen waved from a passing car
buds burst on winter branches
inside our room we could not hear
the music from the park
just a drip, drip, drip from the broken tap
in the kitchen in the dark
me and my Crown-prince in our room
casting his glow of glory
watching comets through chimney-pots
proclaim our story   

© Lucy Berry 2011

Photo credit: Mother & baby by Axel Bϋhrmann http://www.flickr.com/photos/snapeverything/787337321/ Licence: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en

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