Biography of Godfrey Rust
Godfrey Rust has written and published poetry since 1980. All his work is collected on the website www.wordsout.co.uk. His poems are generally Christian in orientation, but he is not a devotional religious poet, using poetry rather to explore the paradoxes, power and humour of faith in a postmodern age, and he writes on many subjects. Many of his pieces are written for specific commissions or contexts, and are quite widely read and published especially in the UK, especially for Christmas and Easter events. His poem 'September 11,2001', written in the week following the terrorist attacks, has appeared in scores of publications, and a section was incorporated into the Archbishop of Canterbury's address at the memorial service for British victims. He lives in Ealing, London, England, is married with three adult children, and earns a living as a systems consultant and ontologist.
Godfrey Rust's Works:
Breaking the Chains (Word Books 1992, out of print)
Welcome to the real world: collected poems and performance pieces 1980-2000 (Wordsout Publications 2000, still available)
All poems are now published at www.wordsout.co.uk
Godfrey Rust Poems
The Place Where Socks Go
There's a place where socks go when the washing is done and the driers have dried and the spinners have spun
Welcome To The Real World
I’m beginning to understand. I saw a sign once outside a church. It said Are you really living
Choosing A Wife
Choosing a wife is not exactly like choosing a dog. Look out, naturally, for bright eyes and well-groomed hair,
Come On In, The Sofa's Lovely
When the belt around your belly sidles out another notch and the footballers on telly are the sons of those you watched, when your clothes are back in fashion and you never even knew and the high point of your Saturday’s a trip to B&Q,
it wasn't me it was that woman she doesn't know what's good for her
After the accounting of the dead, when the insurance claims are settled, and the markets are back to their normal jittery selves, we have all seen what Hell looks like. In future
You Can'T Be Too Careful
The old lady in the pew behind exchanged the peace with me
Writing this poem in Microsoft Word I found the full extent of Bill Gates’ power—
Go about your normal daily lives. The best defense is not to give in to fear. Take sensible precautions.
isn’t the God particle, it’s the priest particle – God’s intermediary providing mass
Before you're old enough to answer back, I thought I’d better get in the advice a parent is supposed to give.
Body Count (For Graham Rust)
Before it suffers this last act let’s take the inventory.
When this bloody war is over we will help rebuild your land, bury deep the old injustice, prove how much we understand.
And if you ask me what a Christian is I'd say, not him who's pure in word and deed, or goes to all the Sunday services, or says his prayers, or knows the proper creed,
When this bloody war is over
we will help rebuild your land,
bury deep the old injustice,
prove how much we understand.
Let us use your skies and runways
while we bring them to their knees.
Show us public approbation.
Keep your people quiet, please.