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All When Good Men Do Nothing

Strange, how that in valley ball, I always use to win
Boys would chase me round the school and back again
But when it came to true-love I’ve been at a disadvantage
The good men, who did nothing, left it for fools advantage

Yet God had a prophet marry an ‘unfaithful’ prostitute
And I married a sold-out fool, that wasn’t such a hoot
It’s not that I’m competitive, except when it come to God
I started young confronting Him about my Authority Rod

Do others really now see me, a kingdom whole, complete
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Will Barber 21 July 2006

A fantastically accomplished poem in form. The message is deep, resonant - and admirable. A multi-layered wonder of a poem - passionate as the dying-and reviving myth of Adonis/Osiris/Christ. Men worship the goddess, then defile her. At their peril. Baucis and Philemon, being old, were allowed to live together by a merciful god who recognised their sweet, eternal love - and enjoyed their hospitality. They grew together as entwined trees. So may it be with you. And your love. Love, Will

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