WORDS TO RE-CHARGE 1: “COMFORT YE , COMFORT YE MY PEOPLE”.

When words are allowed to weaken, they may need to be re-charged. After all language, as well as being out there, is within. When a valuable word becomes softened something is diminished within us: a meaning that might be precious. Take the word ““comfort” or its cognate “comfortable”. We say to “live in comfort” andContinue reading “WORDS TO RE-CHARGE 1: “COMFORT YE , COMFORT YE MY PEOPLE”.”

EASTER POEMS

The Crucifixion “String him up,” some repoman shouted, (repossessor) He’s a weirdo” “In the bin, in the bin”, Yelled another and grabbed some thorns, Sharp as needles, twisting them round A fresh-cut-thorn branch. He made A wreath and forced it down on his head, The pain piercing his flesh. “Morning vicar”, This comedian said andContinue reading “EASTER POEMS”

“WIST YE NOT…”

Language is not natural but a young child’s love of language, of words, of rhymes, of rhythms seems to be part of who they are, as essential to their development as learning to eat, to walk, or to explore. They absorb the words spoken to them and seek to repeat those words. They are taughtContinue reading ““WIST YE NOT…””

“SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL FOR GOD”: COLLECT FOR SECOND SUNDAY LENT

Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus ChristContinue reading ““SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL FOR GOD”: COLLECT FOR SECOND SUNDAY LENT”

“WHERE HAS THE LANGUAGE GONE?”: A CONVERSATION.

Questioner: Excuse me, I am looking for language. Where can I find it? Answerer:”I’m not sure what you mean. You are using language. Q: Yes but where is the centre of the language I am using ? A: Ah get a good dictionary. The Oxford one has a good reputation.! Q: Yes, I have seenContinue reading ““WHERE HAS THE LANGUAGE GONE?”: A CONVERSATION.”

THE MAKING OF “GENIUS”.

LOOKING AT THE WORD “ROMANTIC (3) So great a genius was Shakespeare that the very word “genius” had to be adapted in meaning to account for him. That is quite a fact so please read the first sentence again to make sure you have taken it in! For earlier meanings I refer again to ourContinue reading “THE MAKING OF “GENIUS”.”