Church is… (New Poem by Polly Castor)

Church is… (New Poem by Polly Castor)

Church is (poem by Polly Castor)

Church is…

Church is a framework for my week.
It gives structure to my days,
which would stretch forth
endlessly otherwise.
Church is
like a trellis to climb up
Sunday and Wednesday,
Sunday and Wednesday,
like ebb and flow,
like breathing in and out,
like the alternating
bottom valley and cresting top
of a curve or a wave,
cycling repetitive–
Sunday finishes off the week
while clearing the decks
for starting the next
with a squeaky clean slate,
then Wednesday, hump day,
phew– the weekend is coming into sight
it’s a good time to express gratitude,
this weekly routine
reassuring in regularity
year in and year out
dutifully attending
bound as with twine to this
church schedule
makes me feel like
a tomato vine
all trussed up,
supported by
something stable
that I can wrap
my reaching tendrils around
holding tight, growing forth,
and keeping my fresh fruit
from being a tangled, trampled,
for just like tomatoes,
we can be floppy by nature,
and church is an inspired,
thoughtfully girded system,
configured and tended by
the greatest Gardener
for staking and buttressing us up
holding us dear and precious
both together and separately,
vastly improving our yield,
and facilitating the fulfillment
of our amazingly delicious purpose
all while tenderly tethered by the divine.

by Polly Castor
July 22, 2018


I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Gillian Smith 6 years ago

    Thank you Polly – beautifully expressed – and we have a Business Meeting tonight – an opportunity to celebrate the ‘yield’.

  2. Judy Logan 6 years ago

    I love it, Polly!
    Thank you, it’s so true.

  3. Kate Gibson Oswald 6 years ago

    Thank you Polly. What a wonderful way to feel the structure and support and nourishment of Church. Love it.

  4. Taelor 5 years ago

    Lovely prose, dear Polly. Thanks for sharing! This will be helpful – thinking of Church in all the details of life!


  1. […] is important too. In this poem of mine, which is one of my favorites, you can read how it keeps me from being a floppy […]

  2. […] Like in other things we’ve discussed, I find a framework helps. On a regular week – unless we have guests, or a holiday is underfoot– I just plan four meals. With the way my workweek usually plays out, I have more time and bandwidth for cooking weekdays at lunch time. This is when we usually have our best meals. Late in the day I get too busy or less ambitious, and I’ve come to know this about myself. Besides, we’ve found we like a lighter meal at dinnertime. Maybe for you, you need to put something in the crock pot before you go to work that will be ready when you get home at dinnertime, others batch cook for the whole week on the weekends. The point is we all have our schedules and times when we can conceivably approach cooking with the best attitude. Figure out when yours is! […]

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