Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Donal Mahoney- A Poem

Pastor’s Wife Talks to a Reporter

He’s always believed
people of every faith
can live in peace 
together in America
no matter what happens
in the rest of the world
and he admits the world
is in turmoil now.

He believes in prayer, 
piety and preparation. 
He’s always preached
ecumenism from the pulpit.
The congregation knows that
and most of them agree.

I’d call him to the phone
and he would tell you that 
but he’s out in the backyard
with a backhoe at the moment
on a brilliant sunny day
and the work is going well.

His friend, a priest from
the church down the street,
was nice enough to give him
a readable design for a catacomb
from the Vatican library in Rome.
Plumbing, he says, is the problem
but it will hold all of our people
and the Catholics as well.

Donal Mahoney

The author wonders if jihad continues unabated
if necessity might dictate that the gaps between
the many Christian faiths grow narrower if not 
in doctrine at least in amicability. Imagine listening
to Jimmy Swaggart and the pope talking about 
salvation in the same foxhole—or catacomb.

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