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THE STRAP HUNG ON TTHE BATHROOM DOOR

TO SHARPEN HIS SHAVING BLADE

AND TO THRASH THE TENDER BUMS

OF NAUGHTY CHILDREN

THE DREADED SOUND OF ‘GO FETCH THE STRAP ! ‘

TURNED CHILDISH MERRIMENT

INTO FROZEN FEAR

SO ….GOD MUST HAVE A STRAP!

BEING ‘GOOD’ AVOIDED ETERNAL PUNISHMENT

ONES CHILDHOOD FAITH WAS DO’S AND DONT’S

NOT BREAKING RULES , SO MISERABLY SAD !

AND YET, UNINVITED JOYS CREPT IN

IN SPITE OF WHAT THEY SAID

T’WAS MIDDLE LIFE WHEN CHRYSALIS EMERGED

AND WINGED IT’S JOYFUL FLIGHT INTO NEW TRUTHS

AND JESUS, THE CHRIST, CHANGED LEATHER STRAP 

INTO A TENDER BRANCH OF OLIVES

AND GOD BECAME  TRULY HUMAN !

HE LAUGHED AND SANG AND DANCED

AND MELTED FROZEN FEARS IN LOVE

HE LOVED  US SINNERS AND TAUGHT US HOW TO FORGIVE

HOW COULD ONE NOT LOVE AND TRUST THIS GOD?

ONE DID. AND FEASTED ON HIS EUCHARISTIC FEAST AND HOLY WORD

IN TIMES OF JOYS AND SADNESSES    

AND NOW,  EIGHTY YEARS AND EIGHT , FRAGILE WINGS READY TO REST

FACING RETURN TO THE SOURCE OF LIFE, BREATH AND LIGHT WITH JOY

NOW ALL IS MYSTERY AND AWE

TOO GREAT TO UNDERSTAND OR COMPREHEND

EXCEPT IN GRATITUDE AND ETERNAL LOVE.

Joan le Morvan 2020 lockdown, Iona.

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