Throwback Friday, Burnt By the Cross, by Ivor Steven

This poem “Burnt By the Cross” is in my book “Tullawalla”

If you wish to purchase a copy of my book “Tullawalla”, the links below will help ..

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And also Available at Amazon (Paperback), especially for those living in Australia, with an account, postage is at local rates rates ..

Tullawalla : Steven, Ivor, Harris, patricia, Costello, Kerri: Books

Burnt at ThCross

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 priest’s 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

Ivor Steven (c) August 2021

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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.

41 thoughts on “Throwback Friday, Burnt By the Cross, by Ivor Steven”

  1. With the song playing in the background I read your poem….and my tears flowed, Ivor.
    Too close to home for me. 😦 But, a horrific happening that still needs to be dealt with today. So sad that it still needs to be. I guess, sadly, it always will be. 😦
    (((HUGS))) ❤

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    1. Yes Carolyn, I’m afraid so, but I think maintaining awareness is the right thing to do … putting it back behind closed doesn’t achieve anyting … If the truth hurts … so be it .. 🤔🙂😎 ((hugs))

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