There is a friend, closer than a brother;
Through thick and thin, you’ll wish for no other.
His comfort, sweet; yes, sweeter than honey:
His care, like lembas, keeps for long journeys.
Look past his stature, for value’s unseen:
Look in his heart, there is treasure beneath.
He may appear to be boorish and coarse;
But on his shoulder, he’ll bear up your course.
Tempered, tested — much more precious than gold:
His glitter is his soul, this dear mellon.
Donald W. Catchings, Jr. is Founder and Board Chair of Street Light Inc. and Pastor of The True Light Church in Conroe, Texas since 2009. Also, Donald is a Literature and Theology teacher at Kepler Education (kepler.education). As a writer, Donald regularly contributes to “An Unexpected Journal” and his own blog: www.donaldwcatchingsjr.com. Donald recently released Joy Through a Wardrobe—a book of poetry and reflections on C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, wipfandstock.com, and more.
Donald W. Catchings, Jr., “The Hero from Bagshot Row,” An Unexpected Journal 3, no. 1. (Spring 2020), 61.