David Subacchi


Faith in the People

 Democracy is faith in the people
 Trust in the judgement of the people.

 All other systems are worse, said Churchill,
 Resist those who would oppress the people.

 So we fought and defeated dictators,
 Did all this in the name of the people,

 Went to war against kings and emperors,
 Toppled tyrants and championed the people,

 But left alone they worshipped division;
 A golden idol before the people

 Now I David recall, that Barabbas
 Was the preferred choice of the people.



 Raised to say Credo which means I believe
 To everything a Catholic should believe

 Taught by nuns Scripture and Catechism
 Prayers to the saviour in whom we believe

 Hymns to his mother Our Lady in heaven
 To intercede for those who believe

 The saints and martyrs, the guardian angels
 That protect the souls of all who believe

 The Holy Spirit brooding over us
 Inspiring our hearts to love and believe

 And God the Father the great creator
 Pillar of the faith in which we believe

 Today I whose namesake slew Goliath
 Still summon the strength to say I believe.


What Is Faith?

 Faith is not reason it requires more,
 To cast nets into deep waters once more.

 Faith is neither fact nor evidence based,
 A compelling belief and little more.

 Faith avoids all spells and superstition,
 We may pray for strength but should do no more.

 Faith through contemplation builds confidence
 In a full catch, not returning for more.

 Faith calms lakes and oceans when storms descend,
 Protects against injury, death and more.

 So I David once sprinkled with water
 Fear not I should drown my body in more.



David Subacchi lives in Wales where he was born of Italian roots. He studied at the University of Liverpool and he has 4 published collections of his English Language poetry First Cut (2012), Hiding in Shadows (2014), Not Really a Stranger (2016) and A Terrible Beauty (2016). His work has also appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies.
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Faith is a complex issue for me and inevitably involves an element of disappointment with human beings, gods and ideals.