To a priest from Kaduna

by Robert Bové (Sept. 2007)


For Father Stanley


Why did you come?

Why walk these bluestone sidewalks,

our streets crowded with Audis and Infinitis

our gardens planted to attract butterflies?


Why didn’t you write?

Should have sent pictures of schools, of clinics

that needed our money—

we would have responded.


Why, instead, did you frighten us

with tales of bombed churches,

priests gunned down in hospitals

parishioners mowed down in their pews?


Why did you say those things

so quietly

that even the lectern mic

struggled with your words?


And, now,

now that you are gone

how is it

we want you back?


To comment on this poem, please click here.

To help New English Review continue to publish original and interesting poetry such as this, please click here

If you have enjoyed this and want to read more poetry by Robert Bové click here.

Robert Bové contributes regularly to The Iconoclast, our Community Blog. Click here to see all his contributions, on which comments are welcome.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

New English Review Press is a priceless cultural institution.
                              — Bruce Bawer


Pre-order on Amazon or Amazon UK or wherever books are sold

Order at Amazon, Amazon UK, or wherever books are sold. 

Order at Amazon US, Amazon UK or wherever books are sold.

Available at Amazon US, Amazon UK or wherever books are sold.

For the literature lover in your life on Amazon US, Amazon UK or wherever books are sold. 

For children of all ages. Order at AmazonAmazon UK or wherever books are sold.

Send this to a friend