Big words and foreign words

Can sometimes trip us up

And Gabriel Maguire

Was famed for such a slip up


Reading today’s gospel

Four thousand people fed

And then the disciples headed off

To a place knocked on the head


The place is Dalmanutha

A mouthful I agree

And in the mouth of Gabriel

It ran aground you see


As Gabriel neared the final line

He saw the dreaded word

And so he took a run at it

The best you ever heard


In his lovely Irish accent

He informed the listening crowd

The disciples headed off

For Dalma –toota bold and loud


And no one knows where this place is

It isn’t on any map

But Gabby has gone before us

We’ll meet him there old chap


Brian Fahy

12 February 2022

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