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For Adolf Schlaile, 1935-2016.

Adi was the father of my partner, and he was always very kind to me; may he Rest in Peace. In addition to being the English word for a Catholic religious ceremony, Mass is also what Bavarians call their litre beer glasses.

A Mass for Adi Schlaile

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse06 Oct 2016

I need no permission,
I crave no praise.

Today, I do strange things:
I press my trousers;
I go to church;

There are candles,
Bells and incense,
Holy water, and the sign

Of the cross,
Made by my lover;
I kneel, while they pray

I say goodbye
In the silence a small
Child cries and

I write.