Author Archives: wingedboots

The King of Kings

In a large bleak field Stands a radiant man. Announcing I am the King of Kings, The only Son of God. I approach the man, The light is so strong I have can hardly make out Any human features. Drawing near I see he holds a long handled shovel. He has just dug A minuscule […]

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THE SONGS OF sOPHIa

Dedicated to the Co-Founders of OPHI Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative: Sabina Alkire & John Hammock THE SONGS OF sOPHIa Wisdom Sophia, wisdom, she comes to us * And gently holds our hands. With your hands * Count and number things, Shake hands to make friends, * Make things that create a better world. She […]

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The Candle Trilogy published in “Untamed Gospel”

Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church College, Oxford writes, “It is good to be able to welcome and introduce the poetry of Jamie Coats in this anthology. Jamie is a layperson working for the Society of St John the Evangelist (SSJE) in the United States − an Anglican religious order of brothers. Jamie writes on […]

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The Dove

I fly and land where needed, Where Justice finds her heart hurting, And we hold the gods accountable, Opening eyes to her love, To the love of her, God.   A Prayer of Oblation (c)  Jamie Coats 24th July 2017    

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Faithful Betrayal – Holy Fire

First of the Trinity Mary God does not Rape Mary. If God had raped Mary Do you think we’d have her joy So magnificently described? God sends Gabriel. He appears as the most Gorgeous of men. She hugs him saying, “You are so beautiful.” Places her head on his chest, Looks up And tentatively They […]

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A Close Shave, O Jerusalem

Stories for my Father, Ivor Coats, 25 January 1923- 13 June 2016 When General Secretary Gorbachev emerged from his jet on his arrival in Moscow after the 1991 August Coup, he was trapped in his holiday Dacha in the Crimea for two days, he was unshaved and looked disheveled. I was shocked, I had never seen […]

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345 London Double Decker Bus

Stories for my Father, Ivor Coats, 25 January 1923- 13 June 2016  I have been riding the 345 double decker bus today in London that goes from Peckham to the Natural History Museum. It runs past my parent’s home that is empty. It goes to Denmark Hill where my father is in hospital at King’s […]

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Lit Faithfulness

It’s simpler Than you think No mountains To climb No epiphanies To have No words To preach Just buy a box of Matches It does not matter Who you meet Or what they Believe Each has a candle of Cherished dreams Invite everyone Out of the rain Out of the wind Out of the sun […]

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Unlit Betrayal

At the top Is the water source So pure The priest takes A bottle full Puts a stopper in In the valley The church of Bottled water Dispenses Drop by drop Meager blessings Wondering why The children Are missing Is it that they know Water falls In a cascade A torrent For everyone In the […]

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“What do you do?” – Sermon on the Widow’s Mite

“What do you do?” Sermon on The Widow’s Mite For Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Little Rock Arkansas By Jamie Coats For Audio click here November 8th 2015 Readings: 1 Kings 17:8-16, Psalm 146, Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:28-44 References: Luke 14:28-30, Mark 12:17 Thank you for inviting me to your beautiful cathedral to reflect on the Widow’s […]

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