A Poem by John Alexander McFadyen

Religion is often a faith born out of fear.


The willow weeps

but not for you

for you seek no kingdom.


In your heart faith

is but a myth

for weaker mortals to cling to.


You climb the broken hill

in the dark of night

to howl at a beggar's moon.


You scream at Satan

and dare him to

do his worst,

but feel no fear

as you don't believe

in ghosts or sorcery

or hell;

you are though cautious

of wild boar.



© 2019 John Alexander McFadyen

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Words of wisdom here, John.
You are right.
Many are those that proof they believe, with their fear masqueraded by faith. They roar like Lion, trumpet like elephant by right in their minds, they know who and what they really are.

Posted 5 Months Ago

the Pagan mind crashing through religious fear of the afterlife, climbing broken hills to howl at a beggar's moon, beware the wild boar, fine writing, John

Posted 9 Months Ago

Your poem reminds me of a line in Eric Church’s song... “And God ain’t a wishing well.” As this poem reminds us, faith is not a token we keep in our pocket until bad times.

We don’t “fear” God because we don’t “see” him (unlike the wild boar). Yet, if we knew what to look for, we’d see him everywhere. That’s what I read here. A remarkable poem, and a good music pairing.

Posted 9 Months Ago

I wonder on the saying "you reap what you sow" which probably applies to one's beliefs as well.

Posted 9 Months Ago

Your rhetoric brings to mind the way some seek faith (in whatever form) out of fear (as you say) and sometimes such fears grow to the point where it's impossible to engage in reason . . . life becomes a series of unthinking conditioned responses . . . & your poem reflects this crescendo-build in dramatic words (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 9 Months Ago

John Alexander McFadyen

9 Months Ago

Thank you Margie, I have see it often and had many discussions with people who have 'faith' so they .. read more
Isn't there an old English legend about a student who saved himself by jamming one of his books in a boar's mouth? By the way, in this offering it sounds as though you are speaking of yourself.

Posted 9 Months Ago

John Alexander McFadyen

9 Months Ago

Never heard that tail. Our ex prime minister, David Cameron was alleged to have put his 'crown jewel.. read more
Emily Dickinson would like this one and agree with it...although i think Wild Boar would be cautious around her.

Posted 9 Months Ago

John Alexander McFadyen

9 Months Ago

Wow was she that fierce? Many thanks Jacob.

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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..