MILLIONS of magazine readers can appreciate a North Bersted man’s poetry.
The readers of This England will find the 13 lines of inspiration by Arthur Magee on the inside back cover of the latest edition.
Called My Church, the work puts his views about religion into rhyme.
Retired driving instructor Mr Magee said: “I have always written poetry and I sent in this poem without imagining the magazine would ever print it.
“I’m quite taken aback to be honest.
“It’s marvellous to see it in print. There is a lovely photograph behind it which sets it off.”
Mr Magee, 74, of Renoir Mews, said the quarterly magazine has two million readers all over the world.
His poem begins:
“I do not see my church in rules and regulation, But I see my church in the glory of creation.
“I see my church in God’s devotion, In the towering mountains and the restless ocean.
“Church does not have to be made of stone and clay,
“I see my church in a summer garden on a beautiful day.”
Mr Magee said: “A lot of people go to church but I believe God is around us.
“I’m not particularly religious. I don’t think you have to go to church to appreciate Him.
“He is everywhere and I tried to put my feelings into words.”