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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

An Original Poem

The inspiration for this poem comes from knowing three good priests at the end of their lives. Two are old and infirm. The other is battling cancer - and it seems to be getting the better of him.
So I thought up this poem:


As He Lay Dying

As he lay dying, priest wracked in pain,
The thought came to him once again,
“my life is ended, I long to see your face,
Now send four men to take my place.

I have no children to call my own,

Your altar is now my only home,
I tried to be a channel of grace,
So send four men to take my place.

I held You in my trembling hands,

Now I am weak and cannot stand,
I held the savior of the human race,
Now send four men to take my place.

The world, flesh, and devil deny,

That serving You could be a joy,
They laugh and even spit in our face,
So send four men to take my place.

For the prodigals all coming home,

And for those who thought they were alone,
I tried to be your reflected face,
Now send four men to take my place.

In joy and sorrow, life and death,

I brought Your people a living breath,
A weak and stumbling channel of grace,
So send four better men to take my place.

I shouldn’t set my sights on four,
Your grace is calling many more,
Forget my plea, and in its place,
Send thousands of men to take my place.

SMD

2 comments:

therese said...

I think you have the wrong label underneath this post. It should say 'good poetry.' I'm definatley linking to this post, and emailing this poem to my good friend Fr. Fryar. I know he will love it.

Truthseeker said...

Wonderful stuff! I wish more people would find your blog. I find both merriment and truth in it. I especially loved the saga of the Roman Sacristan (what could be the reason?). My day is not complete without reading SSD.

Donna

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