Category Archives: The Gospel According to Peter

A collection of poetry from Peter’s POV, based on a harmony of the Gospels. Presented in chronological order starting with Simon’s first encounter with Jesus.

The Dream

The Lord brought me to Tabor, To the mountain of Galilee, And the elders were there— The wise and the sage, The foolish and the proud, Along with a host, All the tribes of the King.

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Assault on the Senseless

The Spirit’s upon him—     But what about me? For Him it’s “fulfillment.”     For me, it’s obscene.

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Credo

The question came up, like yesterday’s vomit: What do I think of the “faithful” centurion? Well, he believes the Master can heal; I believe I am going to be sick.

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Faith to Enter Nain

Did we not ascend to the hill with the Master? Did we not stand in his holy presence? But my hands are unclean and my heart is impure. My lips are stained with falsehood, my vows with deceit. This is … Continue reading

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Elegy for the Baptist

    Dance for us, oh Lord Step sprightly on the earth you wrought     Lift your hands to the stars To the lights you spread in the firmament     Gird your loins and leap Rise up to the tops of the trees you … Continue reading

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Doing the Math

I gazed at a candle through dark of night—    ’Twas a light of my own creation. At first the flame surged high and strong,    A flick’ring conflagration.

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Whose Name I Wear

Lamb it is Yes lamb I catch a scent Also of fennel Fennel and paprika

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Yon Holy Mess

What do you feel, Mary? What runs through Your mind when an unclean spirit leaves, When a demon abandons its hold on a man?      The void is more potent      Than the power which flees

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Hence the Harvest

Who is his mother? Who are his brothers? Who his father? These call him insane They wag the finger And quote the psalm

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The Kingdom of Simon

What is the Kingdom of Heaven like? To what may it be compared? The Kingdom is a difficult knot That may not be undone:

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