190 Poetry

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Gene Stecher

Seeing through gray and black dimly:

Mk 1:16-20; Mt 4:18-22; Lk 5:1-11; Jn 1:35-51; GEbi 2.

So he knew the sea, storm and calm,

nets empty and full,
fear and frustration.
Give us enough fish for this day!
Family business,
even hired hands.
How good a living was this,
the constant mending of nets?
Something better from Nazareth
for Billy and Bobby,
for Joey and Jimmy?
Dad's gotta make a living!
Julie wasn't asked!
What's that all about?
I guess Personal Assistants
don't sit on thrones of judgment!
Fishing for people, fishing for people....
visions of full nets
with a verbal hook?
Just do what Jesus said to do!
My investment portfolio,
will it look better,
inside to out,
when I find the genuine Israelite?
Certainly Palestine can hope!
or will it look better,
outside to in,
when he sees me under the fig tree?

Certainly Palestine can hope!

Gene Stecher
Chambersburg, Pa.