Claiming your Own

Trust is a big issue for writers. It is a big deal for a publisher to present your work either as anonymous or as the wok of someone else through their own inefficiency on record-keeping. That’s why it is vitally important that all writers develop their own record-keeping skills alongside their creative writing.

Celtic Cross

‘Through the Circle in The Cross’ is a poem I wrote in the early noughties; inspired by a documentary about a settlement in Nova Scotia being decimated by plague. I copied it from the manuscript (which I retained) and sent it to a magazine, only to encounter the situation as described. Worse still, the poet concerned had died not so long previous, so I felt it would be crass to kick up a fuss at the time.

That was years ago, so here is my poem.


As here I stand among the monuments,
I bridge the gap of intervening years.
Time’s forward rush reluctantly relents;
I sense the presence of the pioneers
through the circle in the cross.

A cross upon a stone cairn fascinates
this seeker after knowledge of the past.
A struggle with the land the scene relates.
I see the migrants toil while day-hours last,
through the circle in the cross.

Theirs was a heavy cross to bravely bear;
from distant lands the came to carve a home.
No Eden greeted them who journeyed there.
I see the rocks and weeds among the loam
through the circle in the cross.

Inscription on the monuments tell me
of early deaths: diptheria . . , of grief
that could not be assuaged, but silently
they struggled on; their faith gave some relief
through the circle in the cross.

A marble dove atop the cross reveals
faith in the day of coming reckoning.
A vision of Christ’s outstretched hand appeals;
their everlasting home is beckoning
through the circle in the cross.

©Perry McDaid 2005


About phoenixmartin

C&G IT; BTEC Business Studies; BSc Hons Grad - Dipl Lit - published writer and poet working on play. Masters Ed
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