the baptist


by wind and camel’s hair caressed
a loud voice cries in wilderness
to homeless hearts

what did you come out to see?
crowded with expectancy
in restless desert

wonder how honey-dipped locusts taste?
wonder how to survive in this place?
ask shameless questions

watch and wait on wet line in sand
listen to ranting of wild man
young fearless prophet

the word calls hearers to repent
prepare the way by spirit sent
for helpless sinners

stand on brink of riverbank steep
wade out to where the water’s deep
hold breathless moment

messiah is here! raise your eyes
in holy sandals (yet untied)
steps our boundless hope




Linking to Laura Bloombury’s poetics on “less is more” at dVerse poets pub






6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maureen Sudlow
    Dec 13, 2019 @ 13:38:24



  2. Frank Hubeny
    Dec 05, 2019 @ 22:31:28

    Nice melodic description of John the Baptist.


  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Dec 05, 2019 @ 15:00:37

    This is a wonderful description of a preacher in the desert … the honey dipped locust is a great juxtaposition just like the richness of words in the drought of a desert.


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