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Monday, 19 March 2007

Non-Vogon Poetry

I had forgotten how much I enjoy "a little light from the East"

http://pauca_lux_ex_oriente.blogspot.com/2006/12/villonelle.html

Villanelle
Sheep scatter when they are not being fed.

We see this in the fields, and at the Mass.
Those who deny this know a lie is said.
Although most folk in vestments black and red
Do not believe that this has come to pass,
Sheep scatter when they are not being fed.
“It is because the Faith we held is dead,
that people now forsake the Church, alas.”
Those who proclaim this know a lie is said.
Bare ruined kirks where once sweet choirs led
In prayer and song, long gone, have caused this pass:
Sheep scatter when they are not being fed;
Shrewd parsons, who believed the faith they pled,
Replaced by yes-men to a mitered ass:
Those who deny faith know a lie is said.
Lord Christ, how long now will it yet be said
About Thy flock, and of the Holy Mass:
“Sheep scatter when they are not being fed:
Those who deny this know a lie is said”?

-Bernard Brandt

2 comments:

Bernard Brandt said...

Thank you for your kind words about my poem. You certainly have my permission to publish it here. May I have yours to link to your excellent weblog?

Scelata said...

Yes, please do. (I believe you would be the first to do my unworthy self that honor.)

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