Homo Correctus

He is the complete modern man
With taste and interests wide;
His mind is open so we can
So simply step inside.

His politics are open plan,
Hes neither left nor right;
Because he aims to please,
our man
Is nothing but polite.

No frenzied intellectual,
Though hes read a book or two;
And knows it is effectual

When you can misquote a few.

Dickens, of course, and Trollope,
Jane Austen for the frocks:
He takes literature by the dollop

But he prefers it from the box.

He reads the Sunday papers
Where arts defined as fashion,
Poses, stunts and capers,
Bald lust disguised as passion.

When tempted to religion
He excused it as aesthetic;
And owned it as a smidgin,

Social conscience and cosmetic.


He loves religious ornament
And is graciously liable
To compliment the style (not sense)

Of phrases from the Bible.

When it comes to God and true belief
He admits impediment:
I do not think we can retrieve
The Greek New Testament.

So he does not believe in God
Or Christ raised from the dead;
Spectators though may think it odd

What he believes instead:

Progress and technology,
Cultural nostalgia,
Diets, modern psychology

And spiritual omniphagia.

And when there comes the great assize,
Gods knock upon his door,
Our man will cut Him down to size:

Youre just a metaphor!

Peter Mullen


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