Saturday, November 06, 2010

God's Rooster

And immediately the rooster crowed.
--Matthew 26:74

Simon, the impulsive one,
Jesus called a rock.
Did it seem a joke?
If so, a very loving one,
And Peter would be the rock
Until the very end

...Or so he thought.

But on that poignant night
--Night pregnant with doom--
Jesus warned him:
Truly, tonight,
Before the rooster crows,
You'll deny me three times.

But Peter denied it.

The night wore on
And Jesus was arrested
And taken before the high priest
And then before the whole council
While Peter was waiting outside.
A servant girl said, "You were with Jesus."

But Peter denied it.

When he went to the entrance,
Another servant girl said he'd been with Jesus.

But Peter denied it.

He swore an oath, "I do not know the man."

After awhile
Some bystanders accused him
Of having been with Jesus...

But Peter denied it.

He called a curse down on himself
And started to swear
And said he didn't know the man.

And then the rooster crowed.

      He crowed by the authority of God.
      He crowed past all the lies.
      He crowed all the way to Peter's conscience.

And Peter, who could not deny it,
Went out and bitterly wept.

      Done with pride.
      Done with lies.
      Down to size.

      He was done
      Christ God's Son,
      Done denying.

My thanks to Magpie Tales for the photo of the rooster. For other people's thoughts on the image, follow the link. The poem text is ©2010 James L. Swindle, but you may print up to 100 copies for non-commercial use if you include the copyright notice.


Brian Miller said...

a wonderful retelling...i relate well to peter....

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

I agree with Brian, a wonderful retelling. Somber and humbling.

Helen said...

You took Willow's photo and turned it into something quite special.

Claudia said...

i also relate well to peter..the rooster's crow is a topic in my magpie as well..

Carrie Burtt said...

Jim this is a meaningful post for the prompt...thank you for sharing it with us. :-)

Jingle said...

divine piece,
keep inspiring.

willow said...

I always felt quite sorry for poor Peter. Thought provoking piece, Jim.

Jim Swindle said...

My thanks to each of you for the kind comments. Willow, I think Peter in this passage is like the rest of us are too often: Confident in self, instead of confident in Jesus.

I'm glad that my own worst moments have not been written in scripture for everyone to see...though at the last day, the books will be opened.

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Hello Jim. Just read your comment for my poem and since you mentioned about the Almighty in your poem I thought that I must read it.
The poem is just lovely. Very simply written for the common man/woman to identify and relate with what happened way back. Nice!

tom said...

super blog look forward to more in the future,tom

Caty said...

fantastic write for this prompt! so glad I stopped by.

Jim Swindle said...

Tom and Caty, welcome to the blog.