You ask how a man approaching the tomb
can go back and start anew.
Just let the water and wind be the womb
and follow the song passing through.
Don't ask why
I bother to speak to you.
Your lie is not what you think.
I'll give you water to quench your thirst;
for new life, draw deep and drink.
there and cry: 'There's no one to help!'
If you really want to be free:
Rise! and try to walk by yourself.
I AM, the light, lets you see.
because of the food you were given
but will hunger until you believe:
I AM, the bread offered from heaven.
Take, eat! and true life receive.
I AM, the
shepherd; I AM, the door;
I AM, the truth, way and life.
Those who are mine know my voice.
Peace I leave instead of strife.
I thank you,
Father! Now your will be done
here below as above.
I only ask: make my brothers one
as you and I are, in love.
--- Mahlon H.
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* Author's note:
This poem based on John 1, 3-6, 8 & 17
was first published as a Christmas card
The refrain & melody are from a song ("The Word") learned
through oral transmission
while a student in Toronto in 1965.
The composer remains unknown to me.
In publishing this
I express my gratitude--and apologies--to him or her.
To prevent the note of hopeful celebration in this piece
from becoming the basis of false pride,
this song is best used
in the context of a shared meal.
is a lithograph of a negative by the author
representing Genesis 1:4
Mahlon H Smith
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