Lay for the Day 19th
St Peter Celestines day. Peter was a hermit of the 13th century
whose followers became so numerous that they formed their own monastic
order, living under the Benedictine rule, known as the Celestine Order.
During a long deadlock over the election of a new pope, Peter issued a
ringing denunciation of the cardinals' prevarication, and was promptly
elected pope himself. He proved a disastrous failure as pontiff, being
far too unworldly and trusting, and so he abdicated the only pope
ever to have done so.
is the patron saint of bookbinders and others who work in the making of
books which this
poem takes to cover the industry of reading matter generally.
Had I an eyesight like the honey-bees
That sees the flowers burning ultraviolet,
That saw not pulp and gum, but litanies
Only, hiving the million orts of these
Books, papers and mags, moving inviolate
In air, in the buzz of romance and violence;
Saw drone statistics pressing suit on Love, queen
Among phonemes, the Om of swarming offspring;
We workers would not seem to tremble and swing
In gliding cages, pecking such inky treen
As finches cuttlefish-bones, but being seen
In bluebell woods of sense, would be heard to sing.
carriage return, the doors curved sheets
back. New black galaxies push for their seats.
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