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Fishers Of Men [May. 16th, 2008|11:52 am]
Tony Grist

Fishers of Men

 

Once upon a time there was a man called Andrew

Who lived beside the sea.

He had a more famous brother and a fishing boat.

One day the Lord came walking on the shore.

It had been a bad day’s fishing but the Lord said,

Cast your net in one more time

And they did and caught such a shoal of fish-

A great slap-happy mass of silver- they had to call for help

Then the lord said stow your nets; from now on you’ll be catching men.

 

After that it was all travelling, looking for men to catch.

He went to Constantinople, then Patras where he died on a crux decussata

Because he wasn’t worthy of a straight-up one;

His word, not mine.

After that he traveled some more. Wilfred brought him to Hexham

Where they made him a house, digged into the earth

And lined with stone from the houses of the Romans.

Later Acca took him over the wall

And gave him to the Picts because their need was greater.

 

Travelling is some men’s wyrd; mine is to stay in the one place-

In the house Wilfred built, where Andrew dwelt briefly-

And sit in the scriptorium all hours that light lasts

Writing words in books-

As I am bidden, as I am very happy to do-

A maker not a caster of nets.

But my sneaking, prideful hope is this-

That my books will be given to kings or bishops or other great men

And so travel from place to place- like Andrew.

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[User Picture]From: aellia
2008-05-16 11:53 am (UTC)
I like it.
Is it a recent one?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-05-16 12:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

Yes, I wrote it this morning.
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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2008-05-16 01:00 pm (UTC)
What a lovely poem! Thank you for sharing!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-05-16 01:11 pm (UTC)
I'm so pleased you like it.
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[User Picture]From: baritonejeff
2008-05-16 01:33 pm (UTC)
I was very moved by this.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-05-16 02:06 pm (UTC)
That's all I could ask....

Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2008-05-16 05:04 pm (UTC)
But my sneaking, prideful hope is this-
That my books will be given to kings or bishops or other great men
And so travel from place to place- like Andrew.


I really like.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-05-16 06:43 pm (UTC)
Great!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-16 05:24 pm (UTC)

fishers of men

Yes, I like it too. It's accessible and modest. The language is straightforward but it's also complex and the story engages. It speaks of every person's ambition, I suppose. Keep on writing.
Jenny
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-05-16 06:44 pm (UTC)

Re: fishers of men

Thanks.

I seem to have hit a vein here....
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[User Picture]From: clindau
2008-05-16 06:29 pm (UTC)
I like this poem, too.

This trip is really doing something to your Muse.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-05-16 06:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

Yes- and there's more to come....
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