I went to a session of Richard Atkinson’s workshop on Creative Writing.
He gave us tips for ways of getting ideas, if failing a Holy Spirit impetus; tips to start us off, work and refine and bring to a presentation that would have a resonance with contemporary culture.
So, he gave out sheets from his copy of “The Independent” for us to find short phrases that struck us from them, to develop a story or poem or just a piece of writing.
I found this touch of serendipity led me to put this piece together; the quotation marks bracket the lines I took from a report about the exclusion from school of a girl for not keeping quiet in classes – a “Chatterbox”
To be read aloud with a touch of ‘snarl’ in the voice
“Why didn’t they just suspend him?”
Not stretch Him on a cross!
They’re so sure of what they know and want –
Frightened to listen where He was coming from…..
Call themselves Pharisees!
“What a dreadful way for Teachers to act!”
Fancy condemning Him for telling stories to their sheep: for touching their hearts.
Frightened that He was leading them to question for themselves,
Revealing their minds, wanting them
to be like children – Oh so fresh……
No! they were after His flesh.