THE DIFFICULT TEXT
Deus absconditus, come out of your hidey-hole
and help the vicar of this local congegration
whose duty it is on the Sunday ahead
to preach on the Resurrection.
He has lain awake half the night,
not because he doubts
but because he truly believes.
help him ponder the given words
just as the bishop himself does
and the popular pastor
and all of us sceptics within the congregation
who in scanty numbers will put in an appearance –
particularly if the weather is fine,
since we in sacred cars on countless roads
will have absconded.