Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With You

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Our Thought and Prayers Are With You


“Our thoughts and prayers are with you”

Are wasted words, no use

When made by Trump to excuse gun violence

And the Church to excuse child sex abuse


You don't offer thoughts/prayers to victims

Of things that are within your control

Unless you're are an insincere fraudster

With no intention of achieving your goal


“Our thoughts and prayers are with you”

Are for things we can't do anything about

Like tsunamis and bushfires and flooding

Earthquakes and famine and drought

Trump is doing nothing to reduce gun violence

The NRA have him tight in their grip

But “Our thoughts and our prayers they are with you”

He sleeps easy when these words spout from his lips


The Church is showing no sign of changing

They're too busy barracking for a win

In a High Court to justify it's child abuse

But “thoughts and prayers" justifies their sins


The focus of the Church seems to be

On a highly legalistic approach

At repudiating damaging testimony

Not wanting the facts to be broached


Secrecy is rife in the Church

Where wrongdoing sown, kept unknown

Has created a sad, sorry environment

Where evil has prospered and grown


“Thoughts and prayers” suggest there is nothing

Much we can say but a gentle

“There there” for the poor sorry victims

(And a quiet word before bed with the Almighty....)


Don Matthews March 2019



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Don Matthews

Wed 6th Mar 2019 22:37

An interesting observation Ray.

Some of my pieces are based on journalistic articles read in the paper which I feel the need to communicate.

Can't recommend any particular rant-ridders. Sorry 😎

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Wed 6th Mar 2019 13:23

Well done Don. The sad fact is that when God signs everything off anything can happen. IMO. A mafia don would have the same function.


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keith jeffries

Wed 6th Mar 2019 12:25


Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream does the trick


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Wed 6th Mar 2019 10:33

Oh dear! - that was such a rant - sorry -- I need chocolate.

<Deleted User> (21487)

Wed 6th Mar 2019 10:27

I agree with Keith's comment I also agree with Kate.

I am consumed with anger towards the Church not just for myself, but for all the pupils that passed through the faith school that I attended. I feel that the Church knew that it was not good enough.

The school boasted four classes, the boys left at eleven ( God forbid that we should mix)
The 'senior' class was made up of eleven to fifteen year olds all sharing the same work.
With no qualified teachers this was not a good grounding for life.

Don your poem gave me goose bumps it exposes the hypocrisy of the Church and mocks it in a way that I have always wanted to do.
Thank you - you have said it all.


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Wed 6th Mar 2019 08:48

Don, this is spectacular and very... observant? I wish I could find the words. It's one of those poems I wish I'd written. For those left damaged by the Church, including members of my own family, I think there is catharsis in work such as this. Stick it up 'em. Give em something to think and pray about.

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keith jeffries

Wed 6th Mar 2019 08:33


A truly excellent poem indeed. Good rhyming and relevant. This poem is a prayer in itself for a spirit of integrity instead of deceit. Well done matey.

Thank you for this

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