El Camino de Emaus


“You have kept count of my tossings;
         put my tears in your bottle.
     Are they not in your record?
     Then my enemies will retreat
        in the day when I call.
     This I know, that God is for me.” ~ Psalm 56:8-9

They move around us
shadows with fading light
hoping we will not see them
as they buy milk & tortillas
off the market shelves

Most will shop at night
when the rest of us sleep
By daylight they are working
in the fields in the dairies
they’re our day`laborers

Some have green cards
likely most of them don’t
many follow the harvests or
prune the winter orchards
most will have children

Today is the Sabbath
We will go & sit with them
as families gather to worship
sing with them their soulful
songs of trust in God


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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3 Responses to El Camino de Emaus

  1. I pray that all of our hearts will be converted, that we shall see “them” in “us”.


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