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PETER

 

 

Three times

the cock crowed

and by the third

the whole world knew

that Peter had denied his Lord

the echo of that moment

can still be heard

each time we hide our face

afraid

not of death

but a mild rebuke

or

at the worst

a little ridicule

the world may never know

our silent denial

for as yet

it has not known

our silent

faith

 

 

 

Words are personal

 

 

words are personal

and communicate

but sticks and stones break bones and

incapacitate

words are personal

and irritate

but arrows get beneath the skin

and penetrate

words are personal

and aggravate

but bullets quickly find their mark

and terminate

words are personal

and liberate

thermonuclear devices simply

annihilate

 

 

 

 

THAT STILL SMALL VOICE

 

Confirmed by diagnosis

Opinion sought and given

None shall heed or listen to that

Still small voice within.

Committed to an action

Indecent in their haste

Ever mindful of the pressing

Need that none should waste

Children's tears and innocent years;

Enjoyment's bitter taste.

 

 

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