A Monument in Chichester Cathedral by Connaire Kensit
Online - 07 July 2020
A Monument in Chichester Cathedral
“He had the cross in the market built.”
The carved Latin words had a certain lilt.
He had that cross in the market built
Where we sat with our picnic bedraggled and tired.
But why? Perhaps to assuage his guilt
For an honest employee unjustly fired?
Or a bastard or two irresponsibly sired?
Or to keep his high prestige from the wilt
And his standing for centuries after admired?
But whatever that plutocrat may have desired
His motives are really no longer required;
I'm just rather glad of the deed they inspired.
For they got the cross in the market built
And it's nice to sit down in the dry when you're tired.
Connaire Kensit (1980)
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