To Paint A Saint

praise one can accept
but to be ordained… please, no! I’m just a man

and one can’t help but think of the saints
take Augustine for instance…

one can trace back to his days in Carthage
when Manichaeism and scepticism were the ways

before he read Cicero’s works
before Ambrose baptised both him and his bastard Adeodatus…

even ’til his very end
who was with him at the time of his death? was it not Count Boniface?
the same man who invited Genseric and his Vandals into Africa…
that one even feels it vulgar to mention the bloody consequence

so praise I can accept
but to be ordained… please, no! I’m just a man

 

Ā© Heath Muchena, 2015

 


8 Comments on “To Paint A Saint”

  1. skat says:

    Shall I accuse you of name-dropping? Better not, eh? (I jest, of course.)

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  2. skat says:

    I must “confess”, I had to refresh my memory on Manichaeism.

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  3. I of July says:

    you certainly can Skat, nothing interests me more than humans do šŸ™‚

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  4. I of July says:

    no one in their right mind should have space to archive dated doctrines… don’t blame you šŸ™‚

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  5. skat says:

    I certainly don’t. Not that I don’t follow a set of doctrines, myself.

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  6. Look upon the throne
    The man with the crown
    Then see the hand on his shoulder
    And to whom it belongs
    For that is where true power stand’s

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  7. The presence of praise followed by the option of refusal…nicely done.

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  8. I of July says:

    thanks Al šŸ™‚

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