Poetic Vision: The Knee


We need a reflection
On genuflexion.

I was brought up to bend the knee
In church, to reverence the Present Lord:
“Nearer my God to Thee”
Close, but to be adored.

From afar, I also saw the respect,
At the dubbing of a knight,
For the Sovereign as one might expect,
A gesture considered proper and right.

Then there’s the engagement ring
Presented lovingly on bended leg;
Perhaps bent later, a sadder thing,
For the pardon that one needs to beg?


And now the ‘Black Lives Matter’ cry
Inviting all to take the knee.
Did George Floyd really need to did
To squeeze respect from you and me?

John D. Kirwan       10 June 2020

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