Pickthanks and Naysayers

IMG_6212Last week, two things jumped out at me: the word ‘pickthanks’ (which was to become a favourite) and a photograph from 1936. Well…the following was the result…


Why I Wear My Cross.

In a world of pickthanks, he stood out-

In the angry bluster of an emboldened crowd

Right hands raised high

In an all too familiar salute

Save his-

A naysayer in their midst. 


Would that I had such strength,

Such stubborn certainty of belief

Silently to say no, a pure symbol

Of strength within man’s heart

That is,

Were my heart to know such strength. 


And so it is I wear my cross with pride:

Not a badge of war or arrogance

But a constant reminder of personal penitence,

A mark of my strong desire for peace and this:

That is

My constant search for God and Strength within.


About Maitiu

I am a collection of aspects. A father, a husband, an uncle, a son, a teacher, an aspiring writer, an amateur photographer, a poor guitar player, a slightly better singer... Online however I am a 365er looking to find out what people make of my personal poetic musings and my photographs. Drop a penny in an old man's hat and let me know what you think... (Leave a comment!)
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