you hid behind holy orders

flogged  naked boys  at night

worked  us  bare hands   barefoot

broken   building brick walls

in winter

you cowered behind cloisters

had us stroke   your greasy hair

your hand   in our shorts

us   the guilty

you hid behind holy orders

every child voiceless  cowed

taking your pedo pleasure   flight

to other parishes  protected by those

who didn’t protect us

you cowered behind cloisters

lied   your parents  are dead

bindoon statue  carved marble

arm around boy’s shoulders dread

despair  and misery

you and you and you

hid behind holy orders

criminals in collars

derisoire compensation

broken marriages   suicide


















To all those troubled men, alive or dead, who suffered under the ministrations of Brother Keaney in WA, and other offending  priests or brothers, mistakenly protected by the church. The victims are finally having the truth revealed – maybe a measure of justice.


About wraxdec

I've reached the age of flamboyance and bling.I love Classical FM, Jazz, French chansons, French movies, SBS Documentaries and Wednesdays with my Women Writers Critique Group at the NSW Writers Centre.I've published short stories and the occasional article. My novel/'faction on nursing in the 20th Century,' BLACK STOCKINGS WHITE VEIL - A TALE OF ADVERSITY, TRIUMPH AND ROMANCE AT ROYAL PRINCE ALFRED HOSPITAL'- was a Finalist in the 2009 Indie Book Awards. I've critiqued a second fictional family memoir, 'SONGS FROM HEAVEN', and am working through a third, 'GOING HOME'.
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2 Responses to YOU :TIME FOR TRUTH

  1. John Wright says:

    The saddest thing of all is that nearly all of the vile bastards who perpetrated these acts against tender young boys in their care have escaped their day of shame in the courts due to the complicity of “good catholic” police and departmental officials who put their religion in front of their duty to protect the good name of the church. It makes me wish there really was a Hell, especially in terms of Dante’s Inferno, where such individuals would spend eternity up to their necks in a river of boiling blood.

  2. wraxdec says:

    Yes; it’s awful how many perpetrators have escaped punishment. No wonder the men with ruined lives are angry and sad. At least telling their stories may bring some closure, and help to ease their torment, but there’s no bringing back lost innocence or the stolen ability to enjoy close relationships.

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