St. Peter Among Me

St. Peter Among Me

 

Often the rest of them just twinkle like stars,

and seem as remote. Yet you, brother,

with your flaming passion and stupidity,

your garlic breath and groin scratch

among the nets of the fisherman,

your deer eyes when cornered –

you are a rock that pebbles can scatter on.

 

I went to the restroom and wanted to put

my fist through the mirror,

and then I thought of you

in the courtyard of the High Priest,

your day of reckoning closing in on you

with staring eyes and grinning faces,

and Judas, dangling from his limb,

and like you I elected to lie rather than die,

so exited into the rest of my life,

uncut and bleeding.

4 comments

  1. Mark,

    “your deer eyes when cornered –” This sees him, not as the saint but as the human…I feel so badly for him.
    Can we blame it on the rooster?

    “uncut and bleeding”

    The worst kind of pain. Top shelf!

    Sarah

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  2. Hi Mark

    A stark and intense piece of writing that leaves a riveting effect on its reader! The imagery is striking and shows St. Peter as a flawed but desperate man searching to define the rest of his life and perhaps the unsettling forces haunting his conscience. Definitely, a conflicted man, a humanized saint. What really creates the striking echo this poem is how the narrator views himself in the rest room mirror. The anger of the fist wanting to destroy his own image yet choosing to carry on with it even though it involves pretense and may cause a life of inner turmoil and spiritual bleeding. These lines are incredibly powerful

    I went to the restroom and wanted to put

    my fist through the mirror,

    and then I thought of you

    in the courtyard of the High Priest,

    your day of reckoning closing in on you

    with staring eyes and grinning faces,

    and Judas, dangling from his limb,

    and like you I elected to lie rather than die,

    so exited into the rest of my life,

    uncut and bleeding.

    as always, exceptional writing!
    Best
    Wendy

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