Burnt By The Cross

A big thank you to Walt Page for the inspiration to write this poem, please go over and visit Walt, and read his poem on this disturbing topic >> Click >>  Here


Oh, Children

I’m deeply saddened

Your innocence lost

Burnt by the cross

You’re not to blame

For this baptism of shame

By the priests dirty games

Filthy rapists by any other name

Piously veiled by higher Cloth

The Lord’s words, written off

Hidden up darkened sleeves

I cannot see, I no longer believe

On a prayer and a song

The church is doing wrong

Lullaby Lyrics – Leonard Cohen

Sleep baby sleep,
The days on the run
The wind in the trees is talking in tones
LullabyIf your heart is torn
I don’t wonder why
If the night is gone
Is my lover there
Is my lover thereWell the mouse eats the crumb,
Then the cat eats the crumb.
Now they’ve fallen in love,
Then they’re talking in tones

If your heart is torn
I don’t wonder why
If the night is gone
Is my lover there
Is my lover there

Sleep baby sleep,
There’s the morning to come,
The winds in the trees,
They’re talking in tones


Ivor Steven (c)  2018

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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

31 thoughts on “Burnt By The Cross”

  1. That song is one of my favorites and always makes me cry.
    I went by Walt’s site to read his poem and leave a comment for him.
    Your poem is so powerful, Ivor.
    All of this continuing to go on just rips at my heart. 😦 I have a too personal connection to abuse like you write about. 😦

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    1. I’m sorry Gina, it was such an awful subject to write about, and that is the main problem here, it’s been swept under the door for far too long. I needed to say some powerful words, without being too ugly or brutal, I hope I achieved that.

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    1. I’m not sure either Colleen… I don’t why I feel so deeply about things…. I’m emotional, ..I cry…. And then I write down those feelings……


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