‘The Ecumenicist’, by James Forrest

by Richard on April 23, 2012

Thanks to Jason Goroncy for this splendid poem.

‘The Ecumenicist’, by James Forrest

I caught an Ecumenicist
And kept him in a yard.
I fed him up on sugar-beet
With olive oil and lard.
I kept him effervescent
With the aid of sherbert-fizzers,
And snipped his budding principles
With ecumeniscissors.

In ecumenisentiments
His training was intense;
With ecumeniscience
And ecumenisense;
As he greedily devoured
All the Acts of Convocation
To stimulate the art
Of ecumeniquivocation.

I loved my Ecumenicist
And firmly hoped that he
Would one day ecumenicise
My darling C of E;
But every time I turned, occurred
Another cataclysm –
My Ecumenicist had bred
An ecumeniSCHISM!

Discouraged by experience
I felt it rather vain
An ecumenisysphus
For ever to remain;
My fervant ecumenical
Experiments had failed
And ecumenicynicism
Finally prevailed.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }


Kim 04.23.12 at 9:04 am

Yeah, fantastic! When it appeared at Jason’s blog I printed it off for use next January during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


Pam 04.23.12 at 10:20 am

In second last line I think that should be an ‘m’ at the end.


Richard 04.23.12 at 11:54 am

Well spotted! I’ve made the correction.


PamBG 04.24.12 at 11:00 pm

So what tune is that sung to, then?


Richard 04.24.12 at 11:09 pm

I think it needs someone to write one. Any takers?


Pam 04.24.12 at 11:15 pm

I’ve always been partial to Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair”. I believe it’s a Richard Rogers tune from the musical ‘South Pacific’. That could do.


Richard 04.25.12 at 6:51 am

I can’t make it fit, but that might be because I can’t remember the tune properly. Sing it for me?


Pam 04.25.12 at 9:20 am

I’m talented, it’s true, but I’m no singer! :)
Ella’s a great singer though.


Richard 04.25.12 at 10:48 am

It was worth a try…


Bob Gilston 04.26.12 at 9:24 pm

If anyone intends to read this out aloud make sure you practise “ecumeniquivocation”


Richard 04.26.12 at 11:32 pm

It’s always worth practising! I’m looking for an occasion to use it.

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