For Hugo 2004

A Catholic Adventist, you hang between

two very different faiths. You must decide.

You love the chanting, prayers at eventide

and go to mass and study with your keen

and probing mind each lesson you can glean

from catechism. Protestants defied

Rome’s right to be our first spiritual guide.

Christ is our vicar, and we have no queen.

You see this and the place that Sabbath takes

but also see the richness of the saints.

Tolkien and Pope and Thompson, Hopkins stood

for faith creative. Mystery awakes.

It sleeps in our brown churches ’til complaints

carve Catholic wonder in Adventist wood.

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