I Will Shake Your Hand

I Will Shake Your Hand

A Poem by Andrew John


The ring depicts a promise of fidelity.
I smile as you stand in your cloak.
That headgear is the symbol of the tongues of fire.
I smile as you receive that formal mitre,
while that pastoral staff is a shepherd's crook.

I smile as I know that staff will be used
to smite a great oaken door.
I smile as I hear that resonant bong;
I see that ring with its diocesan crest.
You say you will pledge yourself to those who gaze.

A ring on that hand,
that hand holds a staff,
the staff smites a door.
I smile as a non-believer,
though it is a smile of great affection.

(7 May 2024)

© 2024 Andrew John

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This poem speaks to me of long established traditions, probably in the church. It is possible to appreciate such ceremonies without being a believer. Lovely to give a smile of affection regardless of beliefs. Nice one Andrew.


Posted 1 Month Ago

Andrew John

1 Month Ago

Thanks, Chris. I watched and heard this man give a talk. It was in Welsh and English, Welsh and Engl.. read more
Andrew John

1 Month Ago

Oh, BTW, we did have a handshake even though I told him I was a non-believer. He did though assure m.. read more
Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

So inclusive Andrew, yes I would have smiled too:)

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Added on May 7, 2024
Last Updated on May 24, 2024
Tags: priest, pray, god, staff, door, smite, belief, nonbelief, affection


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