A man recently struck by Holy Communion
Hatted ladies cosset him,
mouth lipstick sympathy for the loss
of his mother who, for a while,
he escorted to the altar weekly –
after he’d chilled her in the shower,
force-fed her sausage-and-bacon,
yanked a wiry hair from her wet chin
and chuckled to hear her squeal.
Canon, vicar and churchwarden smile,
remembering their kindness
to bother with the old woman,
how triumphant in their recruitment
of that additional Christian
at Sunday coffee – and now more –
her orphaned son who will share
in sipping from their communal goblet.
Following retirement from social work education, Lesley completed an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Her poetry has been successful in competitions and published in magazines over many years, including: Tears in the Fence (TITF), The Interpreter’s House, Prole, Sentinel Literary Quarterly and The Butchers Dog; also online, including by the Poetry Kit, The Poetry Shed, Algebra of Owls, The Blue Nib and Ink, Sweat and Tears. She is a regular member of the TITF workshop and Festival groups.