You Come to Me with Breakfast

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Chiasm



“Whoever would deny me before men,”
You said once, “I will too deny
Before my Father God in heaven.”

I denied you
Three times
In one night,

Left you to die alone
And ran outside to cry,
A grown man like a child.

I warned you once, beside a treasure haul of fish,
“Away from me! I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
You told me not to be afraid;

I was.
I am.
I failed.

You said we’d fish together, filled my hands
With broken bread and scraps of fish
To feed the hungry crowds — I touched your miracles;

I promised I would go with you
To prison and to death,
But all my courage died there by that fireside.

Yet now, at dawn, you come to me
With breakfast on the beach
And bid my lips repeat, three times, “I love you.”

“Follow me,” you said once
By a treasure haul of fish;
“Follow me,” you say again — even after this.

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Inspired by the final scene of The Gospel of John.

A chiasm, after the Greek letter χ (chi), ties ideas together using inverted parallelism, often to make a larger point. This poem’s nine stanzas can be thought of as: a b c d x d’ c’ b’ a’.

Originally posted at The Coffeelicious. "Feed My Sheep" by David Koch used by permission.

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