Luke, Poetry

He Walked Ahead

(Thinking about Emmaus…)


He walked
ahead

As if he were
going on,

the man they did
not know.

They liked the way
he talked;

They wanted more
and called:

Stay with us,
break bread with us.

(We hold on, tell
our stories,

Remember who and
when.)

He broke the
bread–

They knew him
then–

But he was going
on

(and how will
we?).

4 thoughts on “He Walked Ahead”

  1. I’m preaching the Emmaus text this week instead of the lectionary and wrote this for the bulletin cover.

  2. lovely. i like the parentheticals. the emmaus story is one of the most compelling in the bible, at least to me.

  3. I know I must have heard it growing up, but the first time I heard it as a pastor, about six years ago, it came into my consciousness in a different way, and I keep finding new ways to talk about it. (At least I hope I have a new way to talk about it!)

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