MY FEAR OF TREATING SCRIPTURES WRONG
BELFAST'S MOTTO, A FILTHY RAG, U2 and 4 CORNERS FESTIVAL

SUNKEN TREASURES (4 CORNERS FESTIVAL)

Sunken treasures

A piece of art by Paul Hutchison at this year's 4 Corners Festival had me thinking of Sunken Treasures. Valuable things among wreckage. That is what reconciliation needs to find. Other ideas by Jonny McEwan and Pope Francis also sneak in. 

 

Sunken Treasures

 

Sunken

Going deep deep soul

In the old old wrecks 

Of conflict or storm

Where the seas of time

Grind down to dust

Or rust

Hear the frightening creaking

Of boughs now breaking

Like our past is speaking

About our lazy repeating tides.

 

 

Hope filled divers

Their hearts a tingle

Deep deep down

Where buried treasures mingle

Redemptive torches shining

Mining in different corners

Where precious pearls might be found

By the light of grace

In a tragic place

To make new 

From old 

Histories told

Given space between bridges

A Holy place not yet finished

For stories and songs and art

To blend and blur

And end the slur

We hurl too shallow

That carelessly unhallowed

The gift giving creator

Of one another

And the abundance of here 

Dearly given to all

Who dare to share

Common

Ground 

Good 

Home

 

So

We dive 

Deeper

For treasures 

Sunken. 

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