The bishop and the drunk

The bishop and the drunk

A Poem by Tom
"

Judge not my words alone..

"
The Sunday congregation
listened in mesmerisation
to scripture read opine,
always a powerful oration
championing supplication
to deity divine

'The world is your oyster
and you shall surely prosper
if one obeys holy writ,
follow the righteous path
to avoid celestial wrath,'
ecclesiastical words from pulpit

With service then complete
including meet and greet
the bishop made for home,
jumped into his car
burning rubber against tar
felt a thud on chrome?

Alighting from his vehicle
to view somewhat empirical
a pitiful, pathetic sight,
off car bumper had went splat
a luckless, feral cat
now in desperate plight

Despite need for assistance
the Bishop put distance
between feline and self,
thinking of Sunday brunch
and as was his hunch,
hit and run in stealth

But one from the community
aloof of idealistic unity
and Sunday weekly sermon,
a lonesome alcoholic
regarded with unjust vitriolic
by folk predetermine

Resting under nearby shade
observed this masquerade
of invidious intolerance,
rushed to lowly creature's aid
as truant preacher bade
fast retreat to manse

This empathetic gentleman
with unfettered hand
held a broken body close,
as tears began to well
a ninth life slipped and fell
into peaceful repose

Confraternity can be fickle
and when reaper points sickle
one must acquiesce,
judgement from zenith throne
is not be made on words alone
but compassionate heart is truly blessed!

© 2017 Tom



Author's Note

Tom


If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.

Bob Hope

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The quote by Bob Hope quite aptly sums up the whole of a person who is without compassion, or charity as they have a trouble of the heart that causes it to beat too often with a "me first" rhythm. You have shared with us this valuable observation of life, and the woe caused by one who lacks a gift that helps rather than hinders.

The poor cat, the observation by one who was most likely even shunned by the priest because of his addiction to alcohol, or as one with a lowly place in life has such a sad outcome. The empathetic gentleman wanted to help but it was too late. I rather think he had another jewel added to his crown for coming to the aid of one who was lost at the hand of a man of the cloth who did not care. It says too that not even those we might consider to be the most Holy are without fault. Far too many have hidden their evil deeds in the shadows where they shall not be seen.

Your last verse says so much as it is when we leave this world and are judged by our Creator, that we shall be held accountable for each and every deed. Judgement from the zenith throne is according to Holy Scripture made based on actions, not on good intentions, or words. As Jesus said, "I did not know you"........St. Matthew 7:21-23. Your words also remind me of the teaching that the least shall be the highest; the feral cat, the lowly man compared to the priest.

Your rhyme and word choice, grammar are stellar (as always), and the lesson presented is excellent!

Thank you for your compassionate spirit that allows such words to be shared with us!!

Posted 5 Months Ago


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Tom

5 Months Ago

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this poem has a humane message.. a pauper, a wasted human being with a heart who has the soul to grieve and to try to hold and rescue another living creature, is far better than all the sermon givers and sanctimonious of this fickle world... fabulous work!! Tom...

Posted 1 Month Ago


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Tom

1 Month Ago

We're singing from the same hymn sheet Marilyn, thank you my friend!
marilyn 1225

1 Month Ago

lol maybe so !
poignant story of caring ..if you had explored the scene with the cat and the drunk a little more i surely would have had to wipe tears ..even the smallest creature has great value ..all life being sacred in truth ... and the caricature of the bishop is what we are so many times...too busy...to important in our selves ... to stop and care :( the comforting of the cat as his 9th life slipped will stick with me
E.
ps Bob Hope was the greatest wasn't he?! i recall something from the Bible about ..of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit Charity is the most important one..and without it ..tho we have all the rest..we have nothing

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Tom

1 Month Ago

Thank you E. my friend, your review is both prophetic and touching, you grasp my thoughts in penning.. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Month Ago

i love when that happens Tom ... singing kumbaya right now ;))
Tom

1 Month Ago

Touché E. touché!
The message is wrapped in an awesome story, Tom. Evoked such regret. The Good Samaritan stays unsung in this world. The preacher is the king. But God is greater. The poem is impeccably rhymed and written.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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DIVYA

2 Months Ago

I must thank you too for sharing such thougtful writing. Great going dear Tom.
Tom

2 Months Ago

And thank you Divya for all your support and understanding!
DIVYA

2 Months Ago

You are so welcome Tom!
Just one brings to mind something I've heard before which is that it's not your words, but rather your actions that shows one's true reflection of character.

Thank you for sharing .

Alisa✨

Posted 2 Months Ago


Alisa Js

2 Months Ago

This one brings to mind is what I meant to say
Tom

2 Months Ago

Thank you Alisa, yes, 'actions speak louder than words'
such an intelligent, impressive and impeccable write.
truly a fan of this one...

Posted 4 Months Ago


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Tom

4 Months Ago

Thank you Apoorva !
Love this eloquent, compassionate poem & Author's Note! God's eye is on the sparrow (and feral cats!), and so should ours be....

Posted 4 Months Ago


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Tom

4 Months Ago

Yes you're spot on Annette, ' Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed a.. read more
There is a world of difference between lip service and the truly compassionate heart.

Cant is no more than that, always has been, always will be and there is truly nothing worse than a once a week worshiper.

Beccy.

Posted 4 Months Ago


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Tom

4 Months Ago

Yes, you sum it up so perfectly Beccy, thank you my friend!
this is a great story tom,might even be true

Posted 4 Months Ago


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Tom

4 Months Ago

Thank you wordman, yes, it may well be indeed!
 wordman

4 Months Ago

my pleasure tom
You have never yet failed to bring a smile to my old face Tom with your incredible insights and words of wisdom & here we have another example to prove the point in question. Time for a small glass of port methinks, cheers mate....N

Posted 4 Months Ago


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Tom

4 Months Ago

I'll join you on that, cheers Neville!
Wonderful! The Bishop's Sunday sermon was sanctimonious and insincere. The alcoholic gave comfort to that cat in its last moments on earth. What a touching life lesson this is, Tom. Lydi**

Posted 5 Months Ago


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Tom

5 Months Ago

Thank you Lydia for your touching words !

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