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COCK-CROWING (Luke 22:61)

(“And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter
remembered the Lord’s words . . . .”) Luke 22.61

Grey dawn
Gone,
But day
Still waits.
Cock-crowing
Flowing
Flashing
Tearing
Through anguished heart.
Part
Of me
Is dead–
The thread
Of boasting, knowing,
Throwing words about
Is snapped,
And dangling ends ensnare the dawn.
Dark my heart since dawn
And dark the curtain drawn
Across my soul
By fear which stole
My light away.
But day must come.
The One who prophesied the broken thread
And gazed on new-made shreds
Can knit my soul and turn
Cock’s call to Light indeed.
It needs my Master’s face
To make cock-crowing
Both breaking
And making
Of dawn’s first rays.

–Elton D. Higgs
(Spring 1973)

Image: “The Denial of St. Peter” by Nicolas Tournier. Public Domain. 

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