Remembrance Day


Came to one morning, found himself
a stranger at the wedding
among all these earnest young men
applicants for the ministry.

(Yes, it was all men in those days
– incredible as that should’ve been.)
They’d be studying books and such,
they told him, and he was appalled,

for he could not discover one
among all those ministers-to-be
whose bell when struck rang true, betrayed
true religious experience.

Ah me, the arrogance of youth!
He was convinced that they, as he,
meant well and indeed were good men
and yet, to his eye, they were blind.

The blind leading the blind? Futile!
More years lost in the wilderness.
Remembrance Day, year after year,
honouring the sixth commandment:

thou shalt not kill. (But not really.)
“War is peace.” “Ignorance is strength.”
Venomous fork-tongued doublespeak
pollutes even the house of God.

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on December 10, 2011, in Poetry, Writing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. This is one I related closely to, as someone who has been trained in and worked in the ministry. A thought that has crossed my mind on more than one occasion. Thank you for sharing

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    • I thought that if there was anyone who hadn’t been offended by “IIn Veery Baad Taastee” I might upset them with this one. 🙂

      This piece is partially autobiographical.


  2. The church is full of charlatans, hypocrites and suchlike. People who have no calling other than to earn a living and perhaps enrich themselves. The same applies to doctors and nurses unfortunately. The job and the money are all they want. There is no such thing as a vocation any longer. Excellent poem, Ben. I especially liked the last stanza.

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  3. I am glad you have. They seem to be few and far between…

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  4. Haunting Ben but definitely true words.

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  5. I am glad to see you can still reach me despite the problems you are experiencing with Microsoft and their “update or die” policy. Meantime, I’m e-mailing you with some (hopefully) useful information. Check your in box.


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