A loving heart is truest wisdom

Opinions can be ignored, mocked,
That’s fair enough – satirists like Swift’d be buggered –
and, of course,
No-one has the right not to be offended
I am offended everyday
By the complacent, middle-class old
Bastards who hang on to every penny
And have the empathy of granite
And so easily condemn
Those poorer or less well-educated
Than them.
I love the novels of Dickens
For the way that he exposes hypocrisy
Like a surgeon exposes the aorta
His touch and tone
Take my breath away
So that I hold a note
For so long.
It ends up as a song.

◄ Gérard Manley Hopkins SJ

Lotta Continua. ►


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