Thursday, 3 April 2014

Ode to Spring

ACTA conference ahead

Oh, to be in Southwark
Now that ACTA’s there,
And if anyone’s awake in Southwark
Do they know, and do they care?
That the framework of the Church
Is in danger, in the lurch?
 And after April when May begins,
Will we lose sight of all our sins?
Will women priests and inclusivity
Drive us down towards iniquity?
Hark where the Bishops meet and gather
Do you hear the endless blather?
 In Bulinga Fen and Eccleston Square
Where magic circles have their lair
 All will be rapture in the spring
And crows warble and magpies sing
The sunlight shines and boldly glimmers
Upon the serried ranks of zimmers
The endless chattering sound of dentures
  ACTA types on their adventures.

Apologies to Robert Browning


  1. That is fabulous! I am home schooling my 12 year old and we have been studying the poems I learnt by heart in my old primary school, St Mary's, Hampstead (once run by the IBVM nuns in habits) and this was one of them. I had always loved Home Thoughts From Abroad by Robert Browning. Unfortunately Catholic primary schools today don't make children learn poetry off by heart if they even teach poetry at all. We are trying to remedy the fact that my daughter had a poor education at her Catholic primary school and you have helped us do just that! My daughter thought your rendition was hilarious and a creative copy of the original. And Robert Browning would be flattered too, I dare say!

  2. Dear Piece of Cloth on a Bush, You always make me laugh, loved this one :-D

  3. Thank you so much SS. Good to know there are three of us with the same sense of humour!