Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)


Secular God - Poem by Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)

Secular, pertaining to the present world,
to things not spiritual or ecclesiastical,

earthly life, a particular time, temporal,

lasting, occurring in and accomplished
within a century, such a very short time!


Atatürk. Legendary Atatürk.
Source silhouette sustaining; noble wonder.
Atatürk legitimately stood stallion.
Among histories legendary; as a great leader.

Yet if Atatürk. In reality
was embodied God!
The Turkish Nation
Statue Worships States!

Why did he often drink alone?
Day through narcotic night!
Fallen to such a common fate?
Because a man for all that!


Feats required as resolute
Nation-Maker!
Are in themselves in truth
emphasis enough!

Without serving up sermon
ritualistic Godhead halo!
Upon embellished silver
sanctification sanctimonious plate!


Hail Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
a General a Turkish army officer,
a revolutionary statesman a writer,

founder of modern Republic of Turkey
first president of fledgling eagle country
enduring defeating sea aggressive invasions!


Ottoman Empire assaulted on all frontiers
Atatürk led Turkish national movement
throughout Turkish War of Independence!

Established provisional government in Ankara,
defeated all forces sent by invading Allies!

Atatürk’s successful military campaigns

led to liberation creation of new found country
to proud establishment of modern Turkey!


In memory in a grateful nation
Atatürk’s statutes statutes must stand tall!
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk stands
a towering figure of the 20th Century!

“Among the great leaders of history,
few have achieved so much in so short period,
transformed the life of a nation as decisively, ...
given such profound inspiration to the world at large.”


Copyright © Terence George Craddock


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 15, 2010

Poem Edited: Monday, April 18, 2011


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