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.

Where Hope Lies

You can drown In a cup Of water I have Heard it said I reflect On this truth As the bucket Weighs my arm Before I bail

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What I Must Be

I found the Lord On the Gadarene road: He came over from Galilee I watched from the hill As I ate my lunch And lounged in the shade of a tree

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Night Psalm

I have tested my thoughts And examined my heart in the night. I have scrutinized myself And found bounteous wrong. I cannot believe what I am about to say.

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Call & Response

            Twelve years have I bled,             A gross of months remained unclean.             No amount of hyssop may be of aid,             No band of scarlet yarn bind this wound.

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Credo Redux

“Let it be done,” the Master yet declares, “To you as you have believed in your heart.” Jesus heals again—but I no longer feel repulsed. I believe Jesus has taught me a great deal.

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A Letter Home

See with what confidence I write! Hand over hand, I was made for this work— Like setting sails. I am a fisher of men!

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Less Than Learned

What would it cost to feed such a crowd? What will it take to sate my soul? On the one hand I’ve seen what the Master can do. Yes, he must certainly increase—and multiply. And divide.

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A Miktam of Simon

Regarding the time when Simon sank into the sea, but somehow convinced himself he was a hero. To be sung to the tune of “Do Not Destroy.”

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Devil’s Food for Thought

My record to date, I must clearly admit,     Has not been so very grand. When questions are put I most often confess     That I simply do not understand.

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A Child’s Garden of Vice

Now I sit me down to eat And this old saw I shall repeat: If my hands I have not laved There is no way I shall be saved.

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