Date added: 23/01/2024



In Blackwell’s, on the Broad,

Between appointment and announcement,

Contemplating coping as a bishop,

I laugh out loud,

Disturbing book-browsers.

In Herbert’s, ‘Church Music’,

I read the enigmatic plea:

‘God help poore kings’.


In Westminster Abbey,

Inundated by the Spirit,

Hilaritas mingles with gravitas.

Laying on of hands,

Anointing with oil,

Giving of the Bible

And a ring, engraved:

‘God help poore Kings’.



Graham Kings

St Beuno’s, North Wales

17 Aug 2023