Lou Davis

print & pattern, rhythm & ritual

Consequences poems

Have you ever played the game consequences? You write something on a bit of paper, pass it on to someone else and they write the next bit and so on until you’ve filled the paper.

Yesterday I was taking the evening meeting at Edinburgh Methodist Church and was talking about poetry and communication. I thought we’d play a game of consequences to help us explore church vocabulary and try and expand on the words we usually use to describe our particular way of playing out our faith. Here are some of the most interesting results:

Spirit. Unseen. Unfathomable. Deep. Wide. Smooth. Placid. Peaceful. Joyful. Games. Playing.

Faith. Trust. Safety. Joy. Carefree. Holidays. Beaches. Children. Little darlings. Angels. Blue.

Church. Fellowship. Gathering. Assembly. School times. Learning. Marriage. Vows. Commitments. Duty. Boredom.

Healing. Wholeness. Division. Singing. Praises. Joy. Hallelujah. Heartache. Sadness. Death. Pain.

Love. Heart. Recruitment. Commitment. Resolution. Jobs. Labour. Conservative. Careful. Caring.

I then asked people to pick a word from the list and write about it. Here’s a few they came up with.

Conservative

Is the church conservative? 

sometimes it seems it is

but Jesus was a radical

and calls us to be radical too

To love the lovely and the unlovely.

Spirits

Spirits. What are they?

Dance of the blessed, says Gluck.

Whisky or vodka, says the local publican.

High spirits, departed spirits, kindred spirits,

what’s in a word?

Communicate

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,

blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah …

But do we ever actually listen?

Blue

Angels like blue because it reminds

them of the sky people dream of

 

I just love these! love how creative everyone can be.

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