(this is a poem from my Gay Biblical Whispers Set: Sod’Em using Yorkshire dialect words, see picture for word meanings)
Sitha a reet rum lot these
nowt like being a bit blathered
having a good chunter
perhaps without gumption
can’t keep dawks off each other
having a fratch
or a good feight
seen by religious leaders
who are really
a reet maungy mardy lot
to be getting narked
with a group baht common sense
who appear to be fugglin
who they treat as Straif
or just the Trammel of society
who they would never Tig
or never Lig with.
Perhaps there was,
really nowt indecent
perhaps they called,
each other Conny
just having a reet good time
they weren’t really bad un’s
just showing love
eeh by gum I love everyone.
Now then my flowers
I’m certainly not flummoxed
when I say they should have
huggered up and shouted
at the Mardy bums
©Carol Robson 2013
First poem from my Gay Biblical Whispers set performed at Hidden Perspectives festival June 1st (Bringing the Bible Out of the Closet) which looked at the Homosexual and Homophobic narratives in the Bible.
Man should not lie with man
woman should not lie with woman
an abomination should end in death
they would take your very last breath.
Homosexuality seen as such a sin
putting to death, their patrilineal kin.
Hypocrisy abounds, thou shall not kill
a sin decreed by their Father’s will.
Gay and Trans people are condemned
procreation of life will be stemmed.
Yet the conception of the son of God
in all narratives just appears a little odd.
Mary’s immaculate conception without stain
a virgin birth, which told, we must not profane.
The vision of the Holy Spirit to take Mary was foretold
or is it simply, that the greatest fairy-tale ever was about to unfold.
©Carol Robson 2013
I was interviewed about my involvement with Hidden Perspectives (Bringing the Bible Out of the Closet) June 1st at Sheffield Workstation.
Q: Your HP page says that much of your poetry is based on your life and experiences. How do you feel about sharing such personal things with complete strangers?
Answer: I write about what I know. I’m not here to force my views on anybody and I expect the same courtesy from others. I believe even those that have opposing opinions should listen to each other with an open mind and be prepared to be educated.
All the interview Carol Robson Interview by Aysha Musa.
Using contemporary poetry I’ll be performing a brand new set ‘Gay Biblical Whispers’ June 1st @Sheffield Workstation
Hidden Perspectives: Bringing The Bible Out Of The Closet
Hidden Perspectives is a large-scale pioneering public engagement project that aims to open up interpretations of biblical narratives to underrepresented groups. The project is a jointly organised by Dr. Katie Edwards at The University of Sheffield and LaDIYfest Sheffield.
Hidden Perspectives encourages inclusive discussion on dominant interpretations of biblical texts and narratives found in scholarship and mainstream culture. Working with groups and individuals from range of faith and non-faith backgrounds, this ambitious project aims to foster an atmosphere of inclusivity and diversity in which biblical texts can be interpreted.
In 2013 the project will focus on sexuality, gender and the Bible and intersecting issues relating to identity, diversity and representation.