A Poem by John Alexander McFadyen

Too high for my reach, too far from my grasp.



Her heart beats warm

but is a cavernous,

empty tomb.

She is a universal treasure

protected by divine laws,

her confines in the sky

out of bounds

to mere mortals.

Men cannot tread,

may not set foot

within her grounds

where she tends

her garden well

and is attended by seraphs

that fly around her throne

crying "Holy, Holy, Holy"

day and night without ceasing

and sing to her at sunrise.

And I, a man of earth

have no place in such a heaven

where celestial bodies

are far from my

lowly loathsome grasp.



© 2017 John Alexander McFadyen

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Wonderful use of words and thoughts. You gave life to the artwork. I liked how you described something near and so far away. Thank you John for sharing the amazing poetry and thoughts.

Posted 7 Months Ago

hence the reaching out of Jesus ;)))) strong metaphor .. raised Catholic "Trisagion" is instant with memories and relations ... well done .. the Church deserves to be called out for its empty heart ... as we all should be ... I have always wondered that as the apostles developed Liturgy and Rule ..they more and more slipped right back to the sterile and hypocritical molds of their Jewish heritage and ritual ... amazing to me no one noticed.... Martin Luther came along and tried to get things back on track and today all of his "grievances" have pretty much been addressed by the Church; but still that riff remains ...we are a hell of a bunch eh?....human beings ;/..i like this a lot John! well done says i!
ps great title...had to look it up ;) thank you!!

Posted 10 Months Ago

John Alexander McFadyen

10 Months Ago

Many thank you 'E'. Indeed all religion has much to atone for. But this may also relate to a woman I.. read more
Einstein Noodle

10 Months Ago

you know...i would never have read it that way ..i took "her" to be the Church .... have to read it .. read more
the untouchable ,maybe one day she will look beyond that gate

Posted 10 Months Ago

When my data allowance renews tomorrow I am definitely going to watch the vid John but I want to say that title is one of the best I've seen on WC (although I am partial to the ones like 'Upon seeing a star twinkle beyond sight' and such-like).
Had to Google it - love it - a new word for me. I have been saying it every other Sunday at Mass without knowing that !!
The whole piece reminds me of a prayer - 'Lord I am not worthy to receive you but only say the word and I shall be healed.'
Humility is a beautiful trait.

Posted 11 Months Ago

John Alexander McFadyen

11 Months Ago

Ah you rogue. I believe you tease so. Many thanks Tony!
but we can dream---and maybe touch these people in our dreams....we just have to accept the reality when we wake up.

Posted 11 Months Ago

John Alexander McFadyen

11 Months Ago

That is so true Jacob, many thanks.
I like the visions drawn in the skies here
and I felt it ends a little quickly as I finished this one; however, it is a lovely penned image of what could be in the heavens. :)

Posted 11 Months Ago

John Alexander McFadyen

11 Months Ago

Indeed I agree Josie but in reality endings are often abrupt. many thanks.
Josie E. Cook M. A.

11 Months Ago

Endings are never the same--just a bit alike at times.
John Alexander McFadyen

11 Months Ago

Too true Josie, too true.

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Added on October 29, 2017
Last Updated on October 29, 2017


John Alexander McFadyen
John Alexander McFadyen

Brixworth, England, United Kingdom

Well, have a long and complicated story and started it as an autobiography on Bebo but got writer's block/memory fogging. People liked it though and kept asking for the next chapter! fools.. more..


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