Eastern OrthodoxPoetry

I’m a Lot Like Peter

Ladder of Divine Ascent 3.5
In going into exile, beware of the demon of wandering and of sensual desire; because exile gives him his opportunity.

I’m a lot like Peter:
Firm in my conviction and my denial
And weeping bitterly about both.
But that’s not the Peter I’m most like.
My spirit animal is Peter Rabbit,
Hippity-hopping down the bunny trail,
Enticed by all the carrot-tops…

I blame it on Farmer McGregor.
If he hadn’t made those carrot-tops-
Not to mention the carrot bottoms-
So delectable, I’d be hopping
Instead of stopping.
I could have stayed home,
No mittens necessary,
And waited for the pie.

But I’m stuck with these hoppy little legs
And this twitchy little nose,
And I want all of the carrots
Because I need such good eyesight
For me to see that beatific vision
Which I must go, to see.
But it is not the carrots
That make me see with new eyes,
It’s the mud that gets in them
When I leave my coat and flee.

But I need the mittens I lost,
For my paws that are dirty-
And not my paws only,
But also my head and cottontail.
Mother brings them to me,
And I am safe and found,
For home is where she is
Until we reach the Father.

Kenneth O'Shaughnessy

Kenneth O'Shaughnessy

A Northerner by upbringing, Kenneth has lived in the South since his (first) college days. After returning to college, he began to do more than just dabble with writing, and has self-published a children's picture book, a middle-reader's book, and several collections of poetry. Baptized in the Roman Catholic church, raised in the fundamentalist Baptist church, and having spent time in the Reformed Baptist church, Kenneth settled down in the Eastern Orthodox church in 2006.

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