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Poems From Bard to Verse

by Mel Wade
 

PASTORALE
 

We can not help shedding a tear

For our reverend of many a year

We regret that our pastor is

“sent out to pasture”

(or finding another career.) 

 

We’re sorry you’re going away

We wish that you could stay

We’re going to miss you

We wish we could kiss you

We’re sorry you’re leaving this way.

 

From the stress of your past occupation

We hope you achieve liberation

You will soon be retired

(Or most likely just tired)

And leaving with great resignation. 

 

The weddings you chose to perform

Lasted far past the usual norm

Though the normal extent

Of fifty per cent

Is far from exceptional form.

 

Your sermons were marvels of piety

Example, belief, and variety

No one in the pews

Would dare take a snooze

Or leave for a game with propriety.

 

We think a good-bye is untimely

When we think of your past so sublimely

And so we believe,

Before you can leave

“Religious persuasion” is timely.

 

So in parting, we offer a prayer

To show that we always will care

It perhaps can be said,

Heaven seems like your head--

For we heard there is ”no parting there”.

2003

 

Reprinted here with the kind permission of the author Mel Wade - © November 13, 1998
This was written as a "going away present" for Mel's retiring pastor.
Mel even "sang" the poem, set to the music: "Blessed be The Tie That Binds."

 

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