IMOTA 4 Poet/Priest R. S. Thomas

R S Thomas was an extraordinary poet.

An Anglican priest in Wales bitterly opposed to the Anglicisation of his native land.

An ardent Welsh nationalist but a great poet in English. A very unique Indigenous Man In The Anglosphere.

He wrote that “The world needs the unifying power of the imagination.” and “The nearest we approach God is as creative beings.”

He loved the endangered red kites of his native land.

When I think of R S Thomas, I think of how it feels when Bunjil soars above me in this ancient southern land.

Geoff Fox, 29th March, 2022, Down Under

(The word art “Silence Flying Free”associated with this post is published under a creative commons license by Geoff Fox and is based on a photo by Charles J Sharp of a red kite in England.)

IMOTA 3 George Cardinal Pell

George Pell is a deeply religious, sensitive, kind, broad-minded, literate, strong and moral man as proven in his wonderful prison journal. I consider him to be a superb Indigenous Man Of The Anglosphere. (IMOTA)

It is inconceivable to me that he could have committed the crime for which he was falsely imprisoned three years ago today, but, as Ned Kelly is reputed to have said, when they executed him for a probably overly robust young man’s defence of his family from police persecution “Such is life.”, in the police state of Victoria.

Pell began that day with a mass in the family home of his lawyer. He writes: “Mass as usual in the McFarlanes’ dining room, graced with images of the Duke of Wellington, W. G. Grace, and Victor Trumper, who had probably never attended daily mass before.

I chose the votive Mass of Our Lady as during the long travail I had placed myself under her protection.”

He describes the afternoon hearing in the Court of Appeal like this: “Ä good deal of the sentence discussion was surreal and Kafkaesque, as the judge listed the many reasons why the attack was implausible and then tried to conjecture my motivation. …… I almost forgot to bow to the judge on leaving the courtroom.”

The Cardinal describes his first night in prison like this: “As I was judged to be at some risk of self-harm, I was under regular observation during the night. ……. I was a bit exhausted and slept deeply until woken by the observer. ……. I am now at the quiet heart of the storm, while family, friends and wider Church have to cope with the tornado.”

How did it come to pass that the man, entrusted by conservative Pope Benedict and progressive Pope Francis to improve financial management at The Vatican, came to be treated like this in Australia?

Geoff Fox, 27th February, 2022, Melbourne, Terra Nullius

IMOTA 2 – General Douglas MacArthur

Mikhaela Ebony sings for Douglas MacArthur’s birthday

Apart from his achievements as a general and statesman, I consider Douglas MacArthur to have had considerable poetic talent.

When I was asked to design a War Memorial at Morotai’s Air Kaca, where MacArthur built his wife a bathroom, I looked at the words of Churchill, Roosevelt and Curtin first but there was almost always far too much political purpose in the things they said.

When I looked at MacArthur’s words, I found much more lasting truth.

So I consider him a great Indigenous Man Of The Anglosphere.

Geoff Fox, 26th of January (Douglas MacArthur’s birthday) 2022, Down Under

IMOTA 1 – John Wycliffe Kicking Against Pricks

John Wycliffe died on December 31, 1384.

Theologian Wycliffe was a pioneering Indigenous Man Of The Anglosphere. (IMOTA.)

He created the first complete English language translation of the Bible because he believed all his people needed to be able to read it in their own language.

He was a hero but treated as a heretic in life and even after his death.

Sometimes some people make living in The Word very, very hard.

Geoff Fox, December 31, 2021, Terra Nullius