Sabbath – Lent Thirty-Four

Amy Dixon

Amy Dixon

His scent is strong as his stride
this man of iron and blood
who steps from the fields
into the City’s suburbs
He knows nothing but suffering
awaits him in its streets
So does the coyote behind him
Who among those following
grasps why anyone would seek
the solitude of pain in the City
and leave behind the security
of obscurity in the wilds?
Some think of sabotage
Others wonder at the folly
of confronting naked hatred
with nothing more than
unpretentious Love
Still others think nothing
other than their next steps
along the journey to new life
We squander opportunities
to live self`sacrificially
Strangling love snuffs`out
faith’s spirit in our hearts
Fear is as contagious as Love
Only fear stays behind
when Love follows on
Walks the way of solitude
Walks the way of suffering
for the healing of the world
Silently the coyote sings
   Make strong my stride
   as I step out to greet
   the hostility that awaits
   along the stony streets
   of my Jerusalem


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to Sabbath – Lent Thirty-Four

  1. kiwiskan says:

    Reblogged this on kiwissoar and commented:
    another wonderful Lenten poem from Peter


  2. your poetic sermons are divinely inspired


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