The Friar



Revered innocence

Youíve got to try it
put it on your lap
a smiling little thing
still sheer and brittle
if possible blind or deaf,
almost genderless.
It just sits there
an unweaned lamb.

Take the little head
gentle it downwards
to the issue of our charity
Lead it, shovel if necessary.

Donít be scared!

Today itís allowed
your parents too far:
the force of every belief
too big to grasp.
Sooner or later it pushes
to where we assumed
our hands were in power.


 september 2010

Written in disgust with the Adriaenssens report about the abuse committed by clergymen on mainly young boys.