Emmanuel George Cefai

Freshman - 1,528 Points (12th March 1955 / Victoria, Gozo)

The Figure of a Priest


The Figure of a Priest
with purple surplice
funereal
wandered in the heavens
wandered in the night
borne
on sleigh of air and
mists
just
just
as Santa Claus on sleigh
round Christmas time and
day.


But
now
it be not
Christmas Day:
alas! this year
Christmas be too far
away
and
wonders in the night
amidst comet starlight
but
now
but
now


the Figure of a Priest
with purple surplice
funereal
wandered in the heavens
wandered in the night
borne
on sleigh of air and
mists
just
just
as Santa Claus on sleigh
round Christmas time and
day.

Submitted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Topic(s): religion


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  • Veteran Poet - 3,533 Points Daniel Brick (8/6/2014 1:00:00 PM)

    This priest is more of an icon than a person, which is probably why you qualify him as a figure. He seems to be absorbed in his own affairs, removed from the intense burning pain you are sensing. He certainly has no sense there is a child of God who needs his ministry as he complacently wanders the clouds. The repetition of the first stanza seems to emphasize you can get no solace from this priest figure. It's frustrating. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,533 Points Daniel Brick (8/2/2014 8:39:00 PM)

    Priest = Santa Claus I think Freud would have a field day with that association You know he thought
    god was just a big father figure And what is Santa but a father figure Well I can do without both I had to shave off my beard last year because it had turned white which meant people called me Santa (strangers in stores calling me Santa!) so off went my beard of 25 years this past season ALL BECAUSE OF THAT GUY AT THE NORTH POLE! (Report) Reply

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