Category Archives: Poetry and Lyrics

Have I been a wilderness?

  Have I been a wilderness? ( Jeremiah 2: 31)     ‘Have I been a wilderness? asks the Lord Was life in me so barren, dark and cold? It was not so when you lived in me of old: … Continue reading

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WHAT IS HOPE

What is hope? (For Liza)   Hope dwells in you as beating heart and breath: And day by day is seldom recognised: It is the life in you stronger than death, The source of dreams that cannot be described. Hope … Continue reading

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Corona Chronicles 41: Risk Assessment

  The Bishop wrote: ‘ Be in no hurry To open the churches; Be cautious, Be careful, Assess every risk.’   Don’t be fool hardy, Just wait and see; Covid is God To you and me.   In the night … Continue reading

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Vernacular Liturgy

  ‘Taking the Knee’ Is the latest Discovery Of society seeking Vernacular liturgy.   A bodily act; Expressed corporately: The individual, With others, In solidarity.   The football crowd Singing: Raising their arms adoring   From Temple To terrace The … Continue reading

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St John’s Day

  The year has turned: The mower Making hay Is blessed By butterflies Ascending From the grass In drifts of colour.   The bearded barley Shimmering In shades of green Still shields The swelling grain.   The hay Soon stacked … Continue reading

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A Lament

Beloved Church that nurtured me, Baptising and confirming me. In priest and people I learnt to see The promise of eternity.   In singing tones of Common Prayer I sought forgiveness and opened care. I believed that all you were … Continue reading

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Corona Crisis: 38: The Rainbow

Rainbow   Nave –like Bowing over us; Brilliant Be-jewelled drops Of drifting rain.   Distinct. Transfigured. Broken Light cascades From heaven Bright and brilliant.   The field Is a cathedral floor.     A momentary sign: Reality Breaks through. Promising … Continue reading

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The Pine in May

Consider the Pine in May: Last year’s cone Has opened its heart Of seed Suspended In Christmas decoration.   New cones Soft and delicate, Pale and tender, Reach out Like baby’s fingers.   New growth Flames up: Paschal Candles Of … Continue reading

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Corona Chronicles 35: A poem, The Priest has a bath.

  The Priest Lying in his bath Contemplates the stars: Skylight framed.   He has noticed that In the same place, On the same journey, Every bath time, A bright shining star Proclaims – ‘We are here!’   The international … Continue reading

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Corona Chronicles 32: Getting to heaven.

A sermon and a hymn:Homily, 10th May Many Mansions As written for the Requiem Mass of Edna Rose (tune Quem Pastores) In God’s house are many mansions. Dwelling place beyond all grandeur: A place of peace, of rest and light … Continue reading

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