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. Donald regularly contributes to “An Unexpected Journal” and has published various titles including his most recent release, Strength in Weakness — a Young Adult reimagining of the Theseus Myth.
Donald W. Catchings, Jr., “The Hero from Bagshot Row,” An Unexpected Journal 3, no. 1. (Spring 2020), 61.