Three letters on a website
and i hear Fenris call again,
and the serpent gnawing there
at the roots of the world-tree.
and though the king is baptized,
and the old gods dead and drowned
Still i leave my christian bed,
Spill blood on the standing stones.
C reative Minds
MI SSED PAYM EN T
By: mike Bonikowsky
"missed payment" is a poem
about how whenever my life
gets difficult i am tempted to
leave the faith i know to be true.
a huge temptation for me is to
find my security in old gods like
financial security, because i’m
scared and it makes me feel
safe. When that gets threatened, i have a very hard time
most of the imagery in the poem
comes out of the Dark ages
(which i was reading about at
the time) when people in North-
ern Europe were converting
from the Old Norse religions to
christianity. Their old religions
were brutal and worshipped
power and strength as a means
of security. Fenris was a giant
wolf that, along with the serpent
Nidhoggir, would eat the world –
symbolized as a tree at the end
of time. When countries were
converted to christianity, the
king would be publicly baptized
to show that it was now a chris-
although i have a hard time
trusting God when tribulations
arise, i find comfort in knowing
that it is a temptation, and God
tells me to consider it pure joy
whenever i face trials of many
kinds, because i (should) know
that the testing of my faith
produces perseverance (James
Who is Mike Bonikowsky?
1) he has a Ba in English from Tyndale
university college and Seminary.
2) he works with adults with developmental disabilities.
3) he has one awesome wife, two awesome kids, and one mediocre cat.
4) he would like to live in a house made
5) View more of his poems at www.