Priests

As different as chalk and Cheese, as they say – These two priests of My Childhood Cool, hip and trendy Holy oil still wet on you. You wrestled us, boasting Fast Mass, Stale Beer, Faint hint of Unclean. In you strutted, pompous They said, plump in purple Bowed at crucifix Read more…

RETURN OF THE BUMBLE BEE

I rejoice in the new cockiness of crowThe brazenness of blackbirdThe dips and peaks of birdsongThe warm sweet perfume of wallflowerOn a window box at my doorAll this I had stopped noticingOr at least not for many a dayIf ever I hadJust today though, no just this evening,No truthfully in Read more…

REQUIEM FOR NORMAL

We lost you quicker than we could ever have imagined,little or no farewell,your going left us breathless,more brutal than we ever would have thought.Gone with you, the comfort of familiar.We now know not what we know –Less sure than ever of the sure.Hit harder than ever beforeWe got sick, sadly Read more…

THE AGONY OF THE PASTOR

A pastor in isolationWell there’s a contradiction if ever this one!And you call yourself a priest!Some priestVery pastoral, what a joke… I minister on lineI reach out by phoneI zoomI pray more Safe and cosy in the big houseSplendid isolationYou should be in the trenchesInstead you are on the sofa Read more…

A SONG TO CORONA

O Corona, you are wreaking havoc amongst usFrom minor inconvenience of no Big Mac, to stranded in PerthTo your more savage deeds such as, Granny going to God before her time,To little Sarah’s hard gasping!O yes Corona you are indeed cruel. Merciless.Yet your days are numbered, you too will be Read more…

DON’T FORGET TO TALK TO THE MONK

Today we must listen to the health professional,Tomorrow perhaps the doctor,Next week the economistAnd surely the following week the psychotherapist.Yet when all that’s done and we are still somewhat lostLet’s not forget to talk to the monk.Yes you see, to him, or indeed her, the nun, much of this is Read more…

THIS IS NOT GOING AWAY

We are not coming back from this. There will be no return to normality. Normality is being rewritten forever. Let’s say a sombre but sure farewell to what we called normal life. The ongoing debacle with corona is changing us. The change is happening as we speak. It is rapid, Read more…

THE GIFT OF THE CORONAVIRUS

The arrival of the coronavirus may well mean we have our best Lent yet! Now before we begin a trip down a wacky road let’s be clear I did not say God sent the coronavirus. Whatever about debating God’s allowing it, let’s state at the outset sickness suffering and disease Read more…

RONCALLI RANT 22

I THINK I’LL GIVE UP APPLES FOR LENT! I think I’ll give up apples for Lent! I guess to most people this immediately sounds a bit wacky. I mean if I loved apples such a statement might have some merit. The truth of the matter is I rarely eat an Read more…