Brother Claver

He emerged
From the austerity
Of the Monastery
Every loving day

Crew cut crossing
The Corrib
To third class

And he was fiery
And we loved him
Because he was fair

The Principal wanted
A choir

And we were all
Auditioned and I was

Rejected

But Brother Claver said
Try him again

And I was so proud
That someone would stand
Up for me

Everyone wants
To get picked for something

I got picked

For the choir that day
And after that for the band

And as if he had come
Only for that
Brother Claver slammed
All the windows shut
One day

In a flaming row
With Brother Cuthbert

And we never saw him
Again

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