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 co-founder of publishing company, Inkwell and Pen, LLC. Also, Donald holds a Master of Arts in Apologetics from Houston Baptist University. Donald regularly contributes to An Unexpected Journal and has numerous published works, including Joy Through a Wardrobe — a poetic companion to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Donald W. Catchings, Jr., “The Hero from Bagshot Row,” An Unexpected Journal 3, no. 1. (Spring 2020), 61.