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Pater Noster - a poem

Updated on March 30, 2010

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


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    • hotspur profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from England

      Thank-you Micky - Happy trrails to you too.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Great job as always Sir. Happy trails Hotspur!

    • hotspur profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from England

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

      Appreciate your comments katyzzz

      Hope you all have a lovely Easter!

    • katyzzz profile image


      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

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

      Once more with feeling.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

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

    • hotspur profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from England

      Glad you liked in miway7, thanks for reading.

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      8 years ago from bloomington IL

      i like it=]

    • hotspur profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from England

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

    • hotspur profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from England

      Thanks Philip appreciate you reading and commenting

    • hotspur profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from England

      Thanks for all your comments. Appreciate them all.

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

    • Moulik Mistry profile image

      Moulik Mistry 

      8 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      Very metaphorical, loved the imagery...

    • Russ Baleson profile image

      Russ Baleson 

      8 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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      Michael Shane 

      8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Great job!

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      8 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 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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      philip carey 61 

      8 years ago

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


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