Paul Walker

Rookie (1966 / Stockton-on-Tees)

On The Way to Visit Calvin's Church


Halfway up a wall
in old Geneva
a tiny blue flower
grows in a crevice.

Dark and cool,
it is the perfect cave
for a hermit to practice
an individual faith.

At ease with its beauty,
The flower grows:
Sprouting without instruction,
blooming without guilt.

Birth, death and resurrection
Naturally accomplished
without need of salvation.

Submitted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Comments about this poem (On The Way to Visit Calvin's Church by Paul Walker )

  • Rookie Mela Ragusa (4/20/2012 5:36:00 PM)

    Glad to see you are still writing great poetry Paul (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Paul Walker (3/24/2010 12:44:00 PM)

    Paul Walker (3/24/2010 12: 42: 00 PM)
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    Thank you both for taking time to leave a comment.

    John: I agree with you, it's not that simple. I think I failed to get across the meaning I was striving for. I was thinking of Calvin's idea of predestination - the plant actually is predestined to grow and die without need for salvation. However, as conscious humans wrestling with a knowledge of life and death, we are drawn to churches/temples etc., in a bid to fathom it all out. I suppose the note of 'jealousy' of the flower's condition slipped through the net. Best wishes, Paul. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie John Oconnell (3/23/2010 12:56:00 PM)

    in its own way i love the tragic irony of this poem. but it is not that simple.

    john (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gone Away (3/23/2010 12:09:00 PM)

    I like this! ..................... (Report) Reply

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