WilfHere’s another poem from Wilf.

Wilf Copping was born in 1954 and made a commitment to celibacy in 1980. He lives in Christian community – ‘House of Living Stones’ in Northants.


Celibacy begins with the giving

Of one life to another,

And continues that way ever expanding

Until its glorious end; and then

It continues.

It never was alone

It never will be

The life of heaven has begun on Earth.


Children in the playground;

The same in every age and place,

Sometimes to the sound of bombs

Sometimes bells.

Still they come from mother’s womb,

Still they laugh and play.

Childhood has not been eradicated

Though here it is short lived

Before it is dressed

In the patchwork rags of adulthood.

But it will return on a new Earth,

Childhood’s joy and profound contemplation

Clothing us in seamless robes.


Celestial light shining through

The dirty canvas of this world,

Like the truth in the heart of a myth,

The meaning wrapped in a parable,

Something shines in the luminous gaze of lovers.

That we can fall in love is a gift from God

And though often defiled

It still reveals eternal secrets

To the pure in heart,

A Lamb

A Bride

New Earth

Everlasting love.








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