Phil ponders a puzzle from the heights of his treehouse
To which our attention is alerted by Church Mouse,
Inspired by John Donne of centuries gone by
Phil looks out to see prose now and dares to ask why.
He laments that we're less of a lyrical lot
And entices priestly peers to pick up a new plot,
And spin again their wonderings in flourishes exquisite
So that poetry might once again capture the Spirit
And point our eyes searching to behold something new
So that things too familiar are lent a new hue.
For it might be our calling to set up new angles
On commonplace things and so make them newfangled.
So who will rise to this challenge and configure their schemes?
Perhaps Anita Mathias from the spires where she dreams.
Possibly Lesley Fellows in googledocs
Demanding decisions as we choose the right box.
Maybe we'll find Clayboy stirring up the dust
Where he'll capture our confessions in this God whom we trust.
Can Peter Ould become the Peter of new
And pen us a sonnet or a stanza or two?
Can Ian Paul be persuaded as he plays the piano
And parents and preaches and what else, I don't know how,
To find a few minutes to perfect something lyrical
Or should Phil just give up now and submit to the cynical?
For comments came in that we have not the time
Such vast swathes of paperwork drowning out rhyme
Meetings attended on diocesan addendum
Liturgical updates we can't comprehendum
We'll perhaps return this challenge to its bereft blogging sender
And challenge Phil Treehouse to pen poems of such splendour
For this Donne we call John on whose day he lamented
That we seem to have forgotten
- twas for poetry we were invented.
Sites ref. Revising Reform
- Techy and theo
- Euangelion Kata Markon
- We mixed our drinks
- not just a sandwich
- Dr Jim's Thinking Shop
- Positive Infinity
- Her name is Lucy
- Lesley's blog
- Anita in Oxford
- Messy Church's blog
- Beaker Folk
- Thinking Anglicans
- CaptainChris's blog
- Gospel rights and wrongs
- More questions
- Aristotle's Feminist Subject
- Seven whole days
- Men and Women in the Church
- Dr Huw
- Notes from Off-center
- Child of the Wind
- The Half Welshman
- Rod's Political Jesus
- Gentle Wisdom
- Jack of all trades
- Brad Cook
- Exploring Our Matrix
- Inquiring Minds
- The Golden Rule
- Tim Ricchuiti's blog
- Biblioblog Euangelion
- Forbidden Gospels
- Revgalblogpals blog
- Karen's curacy cafe
- Dan and Anna
- Chipping away at Churchianity
- Lingamish award
- Peter Carrell's diocese blog
- General Synod
- Alastair Cutting's blog
- Women in Ministries
- Gentle Wisdom award
- Lingamish meme
- David Ould.net
- Available Light
- New Epistles