Monday, February 12, 2018

The Rooster Crowed

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. The woman said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself.
Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, “You are not also one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the rooster crowed. John 18:15-18, 25-27 

The Rooster Crowed

Don't deny it now because we were all present
you tried without success to deny  your part
you wanted to weaseled out of the life you love
ached to be anonymous, quiet and unknown.

We all wanted to be there and an essential part
we loved every moment of the exhilerating ride
now, in these deep, sad hours of this long night
you cannot turn away, you cannot deny who you are.

These are dangerous times, foreboding shadows
threats and talk of violence and destruction
you wanted in when it was fun and thrilling
there is no exit now when death rattles near.

Love doesn't quit on the harder journeys
nor does the Divine relent when pain surrounds
the eternal truths become the only steady beacon
they are found in the pain and the open wounds.

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