In the Life
My piece was pat and all ready to say,
She rose first. I threw my piece away.
My well-turned stuff
Was not so rough
As hers, but easy elegant and smooth.
Beginning middle end
It had and point
And aptly quoted prophet priest and poet.
Hers was uncouth
Wanting in art
Laboured scarce-audible and out of joint.
Three times she lost the thread
And sitting left her message half unsaid.
'Why then did thee throw it
Into the discard?'
It had head
(Like this). Hers oh had heart.
Robert Hewison, 1965
from "Quaker Faith & Practice: The book of Christian discipline of the Yearly Meeting of the
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain:
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