Guardians of the Threshold (Writer’s Fourth Wednesday)

Guardian of the Threshold

the wall extends into the misty mountains
where signal-keepers watch
warily as the madoffs steadily advance
ready for a frontal assault
stealing the liminal and marketing it
seduction causes a wall to crumble
as the sweet music of comfort calls
singing a hymn of joy to the world
the guardian rushes to defend
the child tempted by the sparkle
and luminosity of the siren song
roaring with anger
striking at tables topped with filth
the guardian casts a sacred net
stopping the advance
for today

Poem: © 2009, Terri Stewart

Photo credit: © Christine Valters Paintner,

For Writer's Fourth Wednesday prompt at

Allusions: Bernie Madoff and all of that
And: (Matthew 21:12-13) And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer'; but you are making it a robber's den."


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  1. PoetJanstie said on September 26, 2013
    Magnificent, Terri. I love the theme and the allusion to the dangers of life for each new generation, using a powerful and, I suspect, ancient symbol.
    1. Terri said on September 26, 2013
      Thanks! I really need to take more time to do this kind of writing. It is something I really enjoy. Being acknowledged is the icing on the cake!
  2. Victoria C. Slotto said on September 26, 2013
    I love how you brought Matthew's account of the money changers into this, Terri. It brings the gospel teaching home to us in the 21st century. I have to chuckle, though. Yesterday I spent some time counting a big jar of change we had accumulated over the year and I saw all these stacks of coins. Of course, the gospel intruded on my satisfaction.
    1. Terri said on September 26, 2013
      Thanks, Victoria! I was definitely having a moment.

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