Venerable Bede by James Kerr

in Authors & Books/Poetry

The face of God upon the water

Moving swift without a sound

On this jingle jangle morning

The wheels have turned around.

Took a drive on down past Monkton

Early Autumn, weather fine

Your rod and staff, a double helix

Like a joke you played through time


Always hungry for the vision

I just see the writing on the wall

I think of Dad and his absurdities

The crow that wasn’t there at all.

Michael, open up the shutters

Put fresh flowers on the grave

Let the sun shine on this pilgrim

And we’ll see who can be saved.


Let us see who can be saved.

Oh venerable Bede, will you release me?

I’ve been hanging round these pages now for years


Oh, venerable Bede, will these words free me?

The epiphany just ups and disappears

Like the swallows on

The turning of the year.



James Kerr is a songwriter and singer for the band Snakeskin Shoe Review, whose two albums “Criticism” and “Futurists” have been described as “genre busting”. Masquerading as Dr J, he also presents the “Regal Music Club” radio show on Regal Radio.

Jude Cowan Montague is an artist and broadcaster. She produces 'The News Agents' for Resonance FM, a weekly show experimenting with international story and the arts. She worked at Reuters Television News for many years as an archivist and this has informed her poetry and some of her art. She's an award winning printmaker and a composer. Her graphic memoir 'Love on the Isle of Dogs' is available from Central Books.