A response to a court ruling (10/2/2012) which jeopardizes the offering of prayers before local Council meetings in the UK….

Dictionary: “Alarum” (now archaic except of a warning mechanism or sound)



As sleight of hand

and subterfuge combined

with misuse, manipulation

and misinterpretation of our law,

overturning centuries of tradition,

undermining democratic decision

alarm bells peeled

dissonantly, raucously

screaming out:  “Be alert !

Be very alert !”


Maybe they’ll remove the prayers,

but they won’t remove the pray-ers,

perhaps they’ll silence the song,

but they won’t silence the singers