Palinode

Although this is a bit late, when I saw that DVerse was challenging us to write a palinode for this week’s Meeting the Bar, I had to participate. I almost never write these, but they are special to me: Back when I was an atheist, I wrote three poems about how God probably doesn’t exist. After I became a Christian, I felt bad about it. Then, during the next NaPoWriMo, one of the prompts was to write a palinode, and so I wrote a palinode for each one of those anti-God poems, retracting their statements. It was a healing exercise for me, and when I read the story of Jesus and Saint Peter in John chapter 21, I was floored!

Today’s palinode has nothing to do with that, but I really wanted to share that background story. This is, instead, written as a response to the shadorma I wrote yesterday (click here).

pearly gates
are not ready yet —
feel the breeze,
Spirit’s breath:
you will stand on solid ground
soaking in sunlight

4 thoughts on “Palinode

  1. A lovely answer to your first poem, though I did love the image of ‘habañero hell.’ An interesting story of your conversion too. I would be interested to read those poems!

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