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by Lionel E. Deimel


There once was a priest of St. Mary’s

Who blessed all the dykes and the fairies.

When I asked, “Is that right?”

He said, “Don’t be uptight.

“God gave us a preference that varies!”


Pink triangle


The Episcopal Church, like other churches, has long struggled with the question of how to relate to homosexuals. I had been thinking about arguments advanced by opposing camps, when I realized that I had never written a limerick. Somehow, these two lines of thought came together in the limerick above, which was written 7/21/2000.

In an earlier commentary, I was apologetic about the meter of this poem, particularly  that of the fourth line. On reconsideration, however, I decided that the third line was actually the problematic one. I corrected this problem on 10/4/2005 with the addition of “I” to the line.

— LED, 10/4/2005

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