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Charted Hope

Charted Hope Charts and diagrams, Chronology and exact detail, Military and political moves, What have these to do with Christ? Are not these the genealogies And the quarrelling about words of today, Against which Paul the apostle warned us? We have a living hope, But we dissect it into minutiae, Make these minutiae all in… Read more »

Bhatti Elegy

Bhatti Elegy How the best are fallen before the worst The bravest lion before the contemptible cowardly dogs, The snakes who lurk with malice The music of his blood ascends with his soul to heaven Like incense to the throne of God Rise up, O blood, build a strong house of flesh and bone Where… Read more »

Christmas Storm

Christmas Storm Cold wind blowing, Harsh flung from the sea, Thrust landward by the roaring waves, Yellow-grey monster, eating up the blue, Distant ship, twisting at its open anchor, Obscured by an encroaching fog of white, Air attacking with razor sharp bean-bag balls, Stinging through clothes, rattling, drifting like snow, Frosting the upper sands, mingling… Read more »

24-7 Society

Twenty-Four – Seven Society   All sense of proportion gone, A streaming headless mass we rush on, All sense of rhyme and reason and rhythm gone, An endless screaming round we run, Twenty-four hour jobs and shopping and films, Entertainment for free with the hidden cost, It goes on and on and we ‘enjoy’ alone,… Read more »


Acid (27-04-98) There it is Here we are, Left alone In a world of machines Antiseptic world Tidy and neat, Acid of society Brutal, subtly, Brutal to the soul Brutal to the spirit And then we find Brutal to the body, From within. The hand that washes Replaced by a tray, Slid into a machine… Read more »

The Turning of St Valentine

St Valentinus turns in his grave once more, wondering At the vile twisting of his name and legacy, pondering The tale of his life.  Defying a ban on marriage in force By an emperor keen on war, he refused to divorce His also banned devotion to Christ from the command Of Christ for Christians to… Read more »

Agricultural Advent

Agricultural Advent (6-12-12) In the dark earth, soil the fruit of blight The divine farmer plants a rare seed tonight. In the wreckage of dead dreams And corrupted hope that seems To mock all the promise of good That the prophets of old said would Redeem the world and end all strife And bring God’s… Read more »

Beauty Bare – An Easter Song

O perfect love, that sets me free O sacrifice that speaks to me Of my Fathers love and care That lays God’s beauty bare O my soul, feast on this Make his love your bliss Tender God who with fierce fire Endured hell to lift me higher A fighting love that drove the Son To… Read more »

Strange Stratagy

Let all of heaven adore At Bethlehem’s stable door Let rough shepherds rush from their freezing field To see the saviour of the world revealed Let wise men from the East bow their knee At this scene of humble pageantry Let joy and wonder intertwine To weave the tale of Christmas time Such a fragile… Read more »