Taking up the Cross (New Poem by Polly Castor)

Taking up the Cross (New Poem by Polly Castor)
Taking up the Cross poem, by Polly Castor Cruciform #4 (mixed media collage) by Polly Castor

Taking up the Cross

We are told to
come unto perfection.
To gulp the sorrowful effort,
and embrace the discomfort,
which everything in us
wants to avoid.
To approach in some measure
the full stature of Christ–
the very divine image and idea,
inseparable from divine law.
To be redeemed and regenerated.
To be transformed into
the explicit proof of our utility,
unified with everything good.
To delight in our absolutely
present and current inheritance,
and hold it fast without wavering.
To identify with our original worth.
To be incorruptible and undefiled,
strengthened and rooted, approaching
the throne of grace boldly.
To really know the Truth
and feel the Love,
and express the Spirit,
while vehemently and regularly
refusing to engage in
the slightest iniquity.
To do so even while vexed
with uncomfortable thorns,
and bleeding footprints,
focusing instead on
a compassionately generous
ministry of reconciliation.
To delight in emulating
superlatively mighty works.
To embrace the steady,
guaranteed rise into the
perennial newness of life.
To arrive at last to sweet fruition,
enjoying the quiet consummation
of faith and devotion and hope.
To be at one, indivisible from all,
totally sufficient, purged pure,
justified, and on the way.

by Polly Castor

Cruciform #6 (acrylic) by Polly Castor
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. Carolyn Rusti Race 8 months ago

    So wonderfully true! Have you ever sent your poems to be published in the Sentinel?
    Thank you for sharing.

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      Polly Castor 8 months ago

      They have copyright rules I can’t sign off on.

  2. John+gregory 8 months ago

    To embrace ….the newness of life.

  3. Joseph D Herring 8 months ago

    ” To arrive at last to sweet fruition,” … a particularly strong balance of sound and sense…

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