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These poems are the fruit of almost 30 years of occasional writing. They were written as private reflections, or for friends and family. I hadn't intended them for public consumption, but people have told me now and then that they thought I should share them, so I have. I shall add new poems if and when I write them, though a lot of my words tend to go into sermons these days!
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There are also separate pages on this blog containing links to music composed by my husband, Philip, and to Christmas stories which I have told here at Seal in place of sermons on Christmas Day.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Sursum Corda - Communion in the secure unit

We made communion,
with your battered, plastic, insulated mug standing in
for the chalice I’d forgotten.
Coffee stained,
- maybe too quickly rinsed ?
you’d fetched it from your room,
and offered it,
leaving no space for negotiation.

Who could refuse?

But there, in the fishbowl room,
for a moment,
we shared ourselves
as we shared the not-quite-wine
(alcohol was not allowed)
passing hand to hand and life to life.

The Lord was there.
His Spirit was with us,
and our hearts were lifted up,
like the plastic mug,
to heaven.



March 9 2017
Sursum Corda - lift up your hearts. The Latin name for the opening responses of the prayer of consecration of the bread and wine of the Eucharist.

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