Category Archives: Poems

Most of these are “cheap poetry,” quick verses that range from haiku to doggerel and commemorate something observed or experienced. Some are longer and more serious; you’ll know them when you see them (I hope).


23. Unnoticed

His brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples may see the works you are doing. For no man works in secret if he seeks to be known openly….” [But] Jesus said to them, “My … Continue reading

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21. Flesh and food

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I … Continue reading

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24. The cat

I shall be with you a little longer, and then I go to him who sent me; you will seek me and you will not find me; where I am you cannot come. —John 7:33–34 By the roadside, asphalt gray, … Continue reading

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20. It is written

It is written in the prophets, “And they shall all be taught by God.” —John 6:45 The air smelled of snow though the forecasters demurrred— dull knives in the back of the throat. The birds fell serious. The sky barricaded … Continue reading

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18. Morningsong

Perceiving that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself. —John 6:15 In the kitchen, while the pancakes fry, conducting Bach from the radio. Herr Jesu … Continue reading

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19. Day preppers

“Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life.” … Continue reading

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17. The veil of abundance

One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?” —John 6:8–9 Even the squirrels needn’t work for food, … Continue reading

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16. Testimony of the groceries

My testimony is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true. —John 5:30–31 Beyond the sunken cabbages, the molting onions, brown … Continue reading

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14. What the snow reveals, II

Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, … Continue reading

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13. Ever after

When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him. “Do you want to be healed?” —John 5:6 Where are they now, the spontaneously healed? Where’s the cable TV special on … Continue reading

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