Brother Phillipe


Brother Phillipe is a creature of habit

who happens to be a Carthusian rabbit


He lives among monks in the province Dauphine

where the saints distill spirits and keep their souls clean


Phillipe’s mostly silent, except once a week

on the long walks when monks are permitted to speak.


Brother Phillipe was not always this way

It’s a bit of debt that he feels he must pay


One evening while grazing throughout the courtyard

a monk and his friend caught Phillipe eating chard


They gave Phillipe grace, a kind gift he found odd

So he joined his new brothers and prayed to their god


Be careful which gardens that you choose to graze

You might pay for your sin the Carthusian way


© Shar Mohr


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