Poems From Bard to Verse
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”.
with the kind permission of the author Mel Wade - © November 13, 1998
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