The Old Vicar
Author: Tim Kitchen


An old man sits on a churchyard bench
with his memories of times long ago.
When he was the Vicar of the church
and the people heíd come to know.

He recalls when he married a couple
on an almost perfect summerís day.
And how with joy in their young faces
they knelt there before him to pray.

He remembers when he christened twins
who cried the whole ceremony through.
Their mother tried to keep them quiet
but there was nothing she could do.

The church would be full at Christmas
with people standing near the door.
He wondered why they all came
but then didnít come any more.

And he still remembers the burial
of a young man who died in a car.
Taking his dangerous love of speed
so tragically, a little bit too far.

Near where he sitsí thereís a young boy
kneeling by his Grandmotherís grave.
Itís nearly dark , under a cold wintry sky,
and heís not really feeling very brave.

The young boy stands with the old man
saying ďGrandpa itís time for us to go Ē.
They walk off hand in hand together
on a path now sprinkled with snow.


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