Monday, October 18, 2010

No Turning Back

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:57-62

No turning back
as the water rises
we wait alone on the shore
pots bubbling chore finished
praying for safe home
before the storm.

There is no turning back
as the windows steam
up from our pressed breath faces
against the cold brittle glass
hoping anxious for
a sign in the fog.

There is no turning back brothers
push the oars
persist in home coming
fighting wave and wind
keep pushing to enter
under the safe walls of love.

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