Poetry Excerpts

Poetry Excerpts

Poetry has the power to move us in a special way. There is so much wonderful poetry to choose from. Here Walrus are a few excerpts I like:

Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and The Carpenter has a wonderful stanza I repeat in my mind when it’s time to make a decision to take action:

"The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things: Of shoes – and ships – and sealing wax- Of cabbages – and kings – And why the sea is boiling hot – and whether pigs have wings."

Then there is the wonderful limerick which reads:

"A wonderful bird is the pelican, His mouth can hold more than his belican, he can take in his beak enough food for a week – I’ll be damned if I know how helican"

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s well known The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner has these stanza’s. The first reminds me of the injured and damaged clients I’ve represented who are condemned to go through life with permanent and significant threats of future problems:

"Like one that on a lonesome road Doth walk in fear and dread, And having once turn’d round, walks on, and turns no more his head; Because he knows a frightful fiend Doth close behind him tread"

The lengthy poem also has this passage which it seems to me is a summary of the Golden Rule:

"He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, he made and loveth all."

Francis William Bourdillon has written a poem The Night Has a Thousand Eyes which reads:

"The night has a thousand eyes, and the day but one; Yet the light of the bright world dies with the dying sun

The mind has a thousand eyes, and the ear but one; Yet the light of a whole life dies when love is done."

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  1. First of all, there is no such thing as a “lay deacon”. Deacons receive the sacrament of Holy Orders and are no longer laymen. Consequently, I have some concern with you knowledge of the faith.

    Second, have you read the Archbishop’s document. If you have, then surely you know that he has condemned no one, nor has he made any of this up. Withholding communion from notorious sinners, e.g those whose sin is very visible to others, is as is old as the Church itself(See 1 Cor 11: 27-29) and the concept has been repeatedly reinforced throughout the history of the Church.

    To quote the Archbishop, the withholding of the Holy Eucharist from one who is not in a state of grace “safeguard(s) the salvation of the soul of the party presenting himself to receive Holy Communion.”

    This is hardly “condemning” the sinner, and in fact has exactly the opposite effect.

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