Poem a Day #21 – Confessional Poem


Swapping messages of mutual support with Roxy Contin this morning, she mentioned that her poems are mostly ‘confessional’. (Read her excellent blog here.) This was a good prompt for me to attempt one, though not in the same style as hers. I was brought up Roman Catholic, and, for some years as a child, went to confession fairly regularly.


Confessional Poem

Dry incense darkness

A screen slides open

A backlit lattice pattern profile


In the name of the Father,

the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

He knows who you are


It is one week since my last confession Father

Oh God, how many sins

can one boy commit in a week?


I reel them off,

the same ones every week.

I never learn


He sighs, no surprises,

knows what I’m not telling him.

 Say two Hail Mary’s and an Act of Contrition


Yes Father, thank you Father

A clean slate.

Now it starts all over again.


© Mike Hopkins 2014



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