Improv on John 21

Come and have breakfast –
come — from caught-nothing nights
or nets stretched to breaking
with responsibility
for all the floppy-gilled children
of this sweet deep world.

Come and have breakfast —
you who strain for the
creaking keel of the leaking church
and you who’ve long since
jumped out of the boat.

Come to this charcoal eucharist —
toasted bread on a stick, grilled hope.

Say you love me
and it tastes like arts for children
and new gun laws.

Say you love me
and it tends veterans with PTSD
welcomes immigrants,
marries everyone,
binds up the poor wounded earth.

Say you love me
and it plates up everyone’s entrée
of food, education, and justice,
of health care, music, and a laying down
of the weapons that …

always seem to take you
where you do not want to go.

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15 Responses to Improv on John 21

  1. Pingback: Improv on John 21 | Rev. Felicity O'Brien speaking as a deacon

  2. Rosalie Sugrue says:

    From melted butter to charred crust – a breakfast of delight that leaves a disturbing after taste, provocative food for thought.

  3. Maren says:

    What a wonderful taking forward of the image — thank you, Rosalie.

  4. P. J. Stokes says:

    Charcoal eucharist–an image that will stay with me forever. How beautifully you have married faith and political responsibility here, Maren. This is what it means to me to walk the way of Jesus.

  5. dabar96 says:

    Yes! Being church is always the two-sided coin of fear and amazement, answering the call to risk abandonment to God’s unimaginable abundance.

  6. Amen to this wonderful poem, with such resonant images for faith. Interesting that, in the story, the disciples have to get OUT of the boat (church?) in order to be with Jesus . . .

  7. Marjorie says:

    We jump all the better with our eyes ON Jesus. Was not Peter’s sinking due to a fletting look toward the storm?

  8. Marjorie says:

    We jump all the better with our eyes on Jesus.

  9. Marjorie says:

    Maren, Do you mean not the traditional biblical view?

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