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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, February 05, 2007
    Lent intentions
     
    I will be giving up clothes for Lent,
    I don't need them any more:
    The footy shirt from the last time we won a trophy, which now chokes me if I try to squeeze it on;
    The thigh-hugging cycle shorts from the days when I had (excuses for) muscles, all now turned to pulp;
    The bright orange waterproof from when I once walked fells. I shan't be doing that again in a hurry (I'll be doing it again slowly; and only in clement weather neatly attired for an easy transfer to a convenient eatery);
    I will be giving up clothes for Lent,
    I don't need them any more.

    I will refuse to be penitent this Lent,
    When penitence means taking sides:
    With a city emptily crying over a long-departed form of slavery, so as to absolve and expose ourselves to the New Masters of Redevelopment already inside the dock gates;
    With those who, switching off on Standby, like to think they're saving the planet; embracing Carbon Offset as a Comfort Blanket; inoffensively protesting to no-one in industry, the White House or the WTO;
    With anyone who would falsely insist that Christianity involves scapegoating people for their sexuality, gender, class or race.
    With anyone who thinks we should give Benitez the benefit of the doubt.
    I will refuse to be penitent this Lent,
    When penitence means taking sides.

    I will spend some time in the wilderness this Lent,
    with some unlikely prophets:
    With Zappa, who said the world is all one big note;
    With Beefheart, in whose world view healing, liberating electricity surges through us all;
    And with sage Mark E, who reminds us that our world relies entirely on the work of uh-Containers and their Drivers: "Bad indigestion / Bad bowel retention / Speed for their wages / Suntan, torn short sleeves."
    I will spend some time in the wilderness this Lent,
    with some unlikely prophets.