Eastern OrthodoxPoetry

St Matthew

Matthew was only working the system

Didn’t make him right or wrong, just smart

You know you would have done the same

If you had been the one playing his part

You’ve got to play by the rules

If you want change the game

Then the rulemaker came

And nothing was the same


Why would the rabbi sit and eat with you?

Doesn’t he know you are not a good Jew?

Consorting with sinners is something I wouldn’t do-

But they all seem to change into something new.


Perhaps it’s why Matthew could see a man

And knew what to look for in a king

Or maybe he just knew the game had changed

When Christ said, Come and leave everything

And he wrote about the ruler

Of a game rearranged

Of loyalties exchanged

Of a life that was changed

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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