the last straw
Poems introducing readings for a carol service.
These poems were written to be read by one person acting as a narrator or commentator on one of the traditional carol service bible readings. Each poem comes immediately before the corresponding reading, while the bible passage itself should be read, as is the usual custom, by a different person each time. If it is practical, the narrator should not read from the same lectern (or other location) as the bible readers.
The sequence was written for the carol service at St John's, West Ealing, in 1997.