Je Vous Salue Marie

My son visited Notre Dame

The time he got engaged

And lit a candle for his Mum

On that medieval stage

Brought home the plastic top for me

A souvenir of that act

His love for his dear mother

A monumental fact


Magnificent cathedral

Ile de la Cite

Heart and centre

History of France

Beloved daughter of the Church

Now engulfed in flame

The old world is dying

And the Church, The Church?

The same


But now the church

New strengthened

Is ready to be cleaned

And rebuilt

According to its plan

The Gospel is the cleansing jet

Its waters will renew

And the candle Michael lit for Mum

Will inspire us to be true


Brian Fahy

18 September 2021

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