Pater Noster - a poem

Pater Noster

the liquidity of rain

beneath a winter grey

the organ chord of the sky

around the dome of St Paul

in the Square Mile buildings talk

marble faced and dressed in stone

in worship of the stock exchange

proud and tall but paper Gods fall

like pretty flakes of silver snow

in Pater Noster Square angel jesters dine

in pin stripe suits and certainty

they pirouette on pedestals of eternity

smoking cigars swilling whiskey in the rain

the confetti of future weddings

is strewn - derivatives of the crystal ball

they tax our breath from God’s short leased tenure

the great accountant of our global village is

waiting in the wings with eternal patience

the flock has over spent and His grass is bare

He knows we’ll turn again and sing to Him

when the cupboard too is bare

Comments 15 comments

philip carey 61 6 years ago

I like this whole metaphor. It's consistent and it has a good cadence to it. Well done.


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Hotspur, my talented friend...Indeed, the reckoning is near, the cupboard is bare, we stand in shame, tho shameless some are, too late for atonement...too late for appeasement...too late for those that are faultless, swept up in the tide of hate, war, and bigotry...the hidden tides of greed and self- puffery ...John Donne has said no man is an island...so we will all suffer the consequence of man's behaviour to each other...

You write from the heart, and speak to the soul..Thank you for giving me such food for thought...Larry


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Great job!


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Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

Once again, another touching, deep, significant poem and once again I feel as if I have been there. Thank you. Russ


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Moulik Mistry 6 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

Very metaphorical, loved the imagery...


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hotspur 6 years ago from England Author

Thanks for all your comments. Appreciate them all.

self puffery...thanks for adding to my vocab Larry!


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hotspur 6 years ago from England Author

Thanks Philip appreciate you reading and commenting


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hotspur 6 years ago from England Author

Thank-you too Moulik and Michael, kind of you to comment


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miaway7 6 years ago from bloomington IL

i like it=]


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hotspur 6 years ago from England Author

Glad you liked in miway7, thanks for reading.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, a very appropriate poem, for this time of year. great stuff, thanks. nell


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katyzzz 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

this one hit the spot, lovely to see poetry attracting such an audience.

Once more with feeling.


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hotspur 6 years ago from England Author

Thanks Nell (you've survived the swans!)...

Appreciate your comments katyzzz

Hope you all have a lovely Easter!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great job as always Sir. Happy trails Hotspur!


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hotspur 6 years ago from England Author

Thank-you Micky - Happy trrails to you too.

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