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By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 06, 2006

The winners of the Anticipated Indult Poetry Contest have been announced. Below is the entry the judges selected as second runner-up:

To the Post-Conciliar Liturgists
(with apologies to Richard Wilbur).

Sleep silently, blind uncles, who when young
Spat your mother's milk and lopped her tongue --
Who, having filled her house with sweat and noise,
Squeezed to death your nephews' infant joys.
For you, graved childless, live nightmares make
Enduring night. Come morning, we shall wake.

-- by Branden McNeely, age 9

Branden attends St. Joachim & St. Anne School in Towson, MD.

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  • Posted by: Italiana - Nov. 09, 2006 8:01 PM ET USA

    Here's one from the book, "Why Johnny Doesn't Know His Faith"--- "Religion is about creating solutions and changing lives which is what is really true because it's not about acheiving; it's about who we are as we celebrate individuality by unity with the manifestation of expectation in the inclusive diversity of our lives with our ultimate goal, after respectfully discussing the pros and cons, revealing nothing."

  • Posted by: Italiana - Nov. 08, 2006 8:47 PM ET USA

    How about a Bulwer-Lytton contest (worst opening sentence to a novel) for books on the Post-Conciliar state of the Church "Heresey hung heavy over the diocese like a dank dark cloud of doom dripping its poison to form one giant river of Modernism that flowed unimpeded through the diocese with tributary streams to the parishes, trickling down to the soul of each and every man, woman, & child, therefore despite the flood of new diocesan programs & policies, the loss of faith soared

  • Posted by: JARay - Nov. 07, 2006 5:08 AM ET USA

    I wonder if Branden's teachers are used to these literary skills?!

  • Posted by: - Nov. 06, 2006 3:57 PM ET USA

    Very beautiful, very nicely done, "Branden."

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