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women carry the church

women carry the church

"carrying the heavy body of the church", the bishop’s vicar general said,
"is a man’s job; you may pray"
"the priesthood", the vicar general told me,
"is a man’s job; you serve God in a different way
you protect young life and nourish it
you see to it that all is ready on the table
that everything is whole and tidy
you maintain and clean the church
but being a priest is a man’s job"

and we, women of this time,
we spread our frozen wings
the one after the other we will fly away
and the heavy body will in the course of time
feel no ground under its heavy feet

it's a man's job  .  .  .
© Tina van Lieshout
translation John Wijngaards
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