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In Response To Ducan’s St. Columba Bidding Farewell To The White Horse

How far you came at the end of your journey,

the once hot headed young monk, who before coming to Iona,

started a battle over ownership of a psalter.

You were no more the bold missionary who earned the respect of fierce Bredei,

and stared down the beast of Loch Ness, and banished it by the sign of the cross.

Worn down by time, weakened by age,

you had allowed yourself to become soft

but in that softness,

was something even more potent,

a gentleness so complete

even the beasts

mourned your passing.

Categories: Poetry
  1. May 26, 2010 at 6:03 am

    So beautiful. I love this painting too. The ending is just right. Great images and powerful emotion. Bravo!

  2. June 27, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Hello from L.A. I hope you can help us out! We would like to include a thumbnail pic of John Duncan’s St.Columba and the White Horse on our website, to accompany an essay on the spiritual value of animals in our lives….but, oh, it’s been impossible for me to find out WHO to query for permission. Is it possible that you have such info–copyright holder, where to write for reproduction permission? The essay will only be posted for three months, then stored in our archive. We know you appreciate this artwork, as you have posted the very touching poem. Thanks for that. All the best, Betsy Caprio, D.Min.

    • June 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm


      Since Duncan’s painting was created before 1923, it’s very likely public domain.

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