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Food for thought: A poem by Luci Shaw

"Judas, Peter" by Luci Shaw (one of my most favorite poets), from a collection called The Sighting (well worth the purchase):

Judas, Peter

because we are all
betrayers, taking
silver and eating
body and blood and asking
(guilty) is it I and hearing
him say yes
it would be simple for us all
to rush out
and hang ourselves

but if we find grace
to cry and wait
after the voice of morning
has crowed in our ears
clearly enough
to break our hearts
he will be there
to ask us each again
do you love me

(Image: mine)


Awesome. Achingly true.
Carmen Andres said…
luci shaw is one of those poets i have to take in small doses because she is so potent. this is one of my favorites of hers. blessings.
Jack V. said…
What a beautiful piece. As a father of a son who hung himself I know that to hang oneself is not "a simple thing" but rather a "devastating reaction." That might be more appropriate here as it reveals the desperation of the grief of guilt. Well done Ms. Shaw