The Epitome of Religious Experience

It came,
that lofty pinnacle
in time,
that instant of rapture
when all the weight of flesh
and every fear
fell off from him
as chains fall
from the oppressed,
and an angel is born within;
when all the host of the opposed
– of those unblessed –
could offer no more argument;
when all uncertainties
were banned,
and peace inhabited the soul.
He stood alone
to make this solemn testament –
to reach the Promised Land,
to see that glorious blinding light
as Saul had seen,
to be baptized
amid this great, great silence
on all sides.
Immersed now
in the bliss of the divine…
his eyes uplifted to the sun.

The kick went
straight between the sticks.
The crowd went wild.
The ref blew time;
and Wales had won.

From ‘Of Gods and Men’