Soliloquy in an International Cloister

Watch your step as Brother Lawrence takes you inside the monastery walls of a five hundred year-old international order. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wish you had ignored your hormones and joined the monastery.

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Location: Rome, Italy

05 September 2006

For your edification

As you might imagine, someone who is good at translation would also have a good command of his mother tongue. The Cunning Linguist is no exception. He graciously agreed to let me post the following poem, which he wrote after a particularly enlightening Canon Law class years ago.

Extract from "Penetration at Four O'Clock",
An Anthology of Canonical Verse
published by Sucker & Warburg
Rome, 1979

Upon a rainy day in Rome
a canonist, whose weighty tome
fell open at the section "Sexto",
hardly had time to say "hey presto"
but found the stuff in this hot section
caused a canonical erection.
Whereat he flew to his confessor,
who simply kindly said "God bless yer,
I'll take that law-book from the shelf
and learn a thing or two myself!"
Which goes to prove the golden rule
that solemn clerics, when at school,
improve the morals of the nation
by giving in to ...sublimation.

(Copyright 1979: cunninglinguist)


Blogger Christina_the_wench said...

I am speechless... and a bit turned on.

06 September, 2006 15:00  
Anonymous pog said...

Who knew?

06 September, 2006 23:39  
Blogger Br. Lawrence said...

It's really something, isn't it? He said generically.

08 September, 2006 20:57  
Anonymous emma said...

Ah, a classic piece of verse. There's not enough sexual sublimation about these days, don't you think? Ah, things were so simple in the old days, you kept it all bottled up and were the happier for it.

09 September, 2006 11:29  

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