A priest who ticks the boxes

a priest who ticks the boxes
toes the line
a dry wife
wrinkles, aches, pains
a straw poll
a puff of smoke

a figure he has no words for
no words he can believe

a priest who shits a brick
good news
unbelievable news
a dry son
but spirited
a preacher

a gift he has no words for
no words he can believe

a priest who clocks off late
unexplained delay
a pantomime
come-to-bed crow’s feet
arthritic love
made in silence

My take on Luke 1:5–25

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